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EDITORS' LETTERS

Who would have thought that MINE would

We all love (and need) those little extra

things in life to brighten our day. Whether it’s investing in a new season coat (see Sophie Goodwin's trend report on page 74), which you'll wear almost every day, or trying out new beauty tricks to revamp your look (see How To Do Beauty Now page 138). Whatever it takes, sometimes it feels good to feel like a brand new you. For this reason, we’ve asked the best people in the business to source and bring you their ultimate finds, just in time for the holiday season. From the hottest rocks to drape yourself in, edited by Alice Edwards (page 12), to US Vogue’s Contributing Editor Alice Naylor-Leyland's party-planning essentials (page 118), right through to what fragrance to wear (page 134), and which candles to burn (page 146). Of course, no party should be hosted (or attended!) without the frock. Go to Counter Couture (page 22) to find your perfect all-eyes-on-you gown, shot at the stunning Corinthia Hotel London. Talking of which, be sure to book in to the new Margaret Dabbs Foot Clinic and Nail Spa at the hotel's Espa Life Spa for that immaculate final touch. As I said, in this 'big' season, we could all do with some 'little' extras. Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas, and a wonderful holiday season.

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turn ONE? Hard work often pays off and just when you think you have it all… you want MORE. MINE was launched not just to inspire those who love all things new and in style, but to work alongside amazing brands and showcase all they have to offer. However, you, our readers, are equally as important. Over 137,000 of you (and counting), read Issue 4, with 53,000 of you sharing the issue with friends because you loved it so much. And this Anniversary Issue promises to be more exciting than ever - as our first print issue (!), it's packed with inspired shopping ideas, both for women and men: turn to Sophie Goodwin's Caped Crusader on page 36, Anastasios Moiras' blue edit (page 58) and Robert James' Golden Rules of Grooming on page 70. While our two newest Editors, Bob & Edward, edit all things canine on page 154, and give you the lowdown on what pooch lives in which area of London. If fashion ain't your thing, turn to page 114 for Thea Darricotte's must-stay hotels and page 100 for Dara Sutin's party menu. I can't deny it, during the shoot, I had my spoon in that dauphinoise once or twice! Finally, if you are planning a visit to London for some Christmas shopping, check in to one of London's finest hotels, as seen in The Five-Star Set on page 156. Consider it a gift to yourself! Happy Holidays!

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CONTENTS COV ER EL EA N OR TOM L I N SON W EA R S TU L L E G O W N

W I TH FEATH ER EM B R OI D ERY D ETA I L , £11, 090, G U CCI . COM ; (PR I N T ED I TI ON ) SI L K TU L L E H A N D -EM B RO I D E RE D D R ESS, POA , A SH I STU D I O. COM ; D I A M ON D A N D W H I T E G OL D EA R R I N G S, £80, 000 J ESSI CA M CCOR M ACK . CO M ; H A I R ER R OL D OU G L A S ER R OL D OU G L A S. COM . M AK E - U P JA M ES M A L LOY U SI N G L AU R A M ER C I ER

3 EDITORS' LETTERS

ALBERT'S GANG 56

Season's greetings from Javier and Astrid

The man behind London's newest members' club opens its doors to MINE

12 WHAT A GIRL WANTS MAN ABOUT TOWN 58

Alice Edwards knows. Hint: they're beautiful, timeless and oh-so sparkly

Autumn's coolest casual menswear… denim never looked so chic

22 COUNTER COUTURE MEN'S CATWALK REPORT 64

Play dress up this festive period in the most stunning couture gowns

Anastasios Moiras reveals the trends that will lead you stylishly from winter to spring

36 THE CAPED CRUSADER THE GOLDEN RULES OF GROOMING 70

Chilly winter shoulders? Swirl a cape on and feel fabulously on trend, in an instant

Robert James on how to win first place in the race to look damn fine this season

40 VELVET GOLDMINE THE SHOCK OF THE NEW 74

The fabric du jour; stroke it, snuggle it, caress it… wear it! Find out how, here

6 trends your wardrobe needs, as picked by Tatler's Sophie Goodwin

44 THE STYLE MAFIA ALL IN THE DETAIL, DARLING 82

MINE's edit of the season's hottest handbags and shoes

Hill House Interiors has styled homes for some of the biggest names in music, fashion and sport. This is why…

52 ROMANCING THE STONE

The secret to De Beers' success isn't just beautiful diamonds…

EVERYONE LOVES DEMELZA 88

Poldark actress Eleanor Tomlinson reveals how she nearly didn't get the role that changed her life (and ours!) forever

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CONTENTS CONTINUED

HOW TO DO BEAUTY NOW 138

100 A MODERN FEAST

Your backstage pass to autumn/ winter's most stunning beauty trends

Cordon Bleu chef Dara Sutin creates the perfect dinner-with-friends menu

SUITE THING 144

111 CHEF DU JOUR

Inside the London hotel suite that the A-list call home…

Coworth Park's new culinary whizz kid 114 THE FABULOUS FIVE

BURN, BABY, BURN 146

Book in, bliss out. MINE's hotel hot list

Candles are never out of style! How to scent your home now, by Jessica Diner

118 "MY 10 PARTY ESSEN TIALS"

What not to skip when planning a celebration, by Alice Naylor-Leyland

MINE'S GUIDE TO SUPER SPAS 150

122 THE GARDEN OF BOTTEGA

The story behind the fabulous new scents from the Italian fashion house

Time to pamper you body and your soul DOGGY STYLE 154

130 A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME

Meet MINE's resident Chihuahua pups, Bob & Edward

MINE's Editor Astrid Joss goes on a journey of olfactory discovery in Venice

THE FIVE-STAR SET 156 134 NUDE AWAKENING

Planning a trip to London? Why you have to stay in one of these world famous hotels

The latest fragrance trend is so subtle, you could be naked, says Alice du Parcq

CONTRIBUTORS ZAHRAA AL-NAJJAR

JAVIER FUSTÉ

PHILLIP SAVILL

LUCIANA BELLINI

SOPHIE GOODWIN

BILLIE SCHEEPERS

ANNA BROMILOW

ROBYN HAMILTON

DARA SUTIN

THEA DARRICOTTE

ROBERT JAMES

GEOFF WARING

JESSICA DINER

ZOYA KALEEVA

CLAUDIA WATERSON

ALICE EDWARDS

ANASTASIOS MOIRAS

NATO WELTON

ALICE DU PARCQ

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FINE JEWELLERY

Jewellery editor Alice Edwards knows what your heart desires. Flawless gems, inventive settings, and heirloom-worthy pieces… Feast your eyes on the season’s most-wanted rocks

Asprey This British brand has the golden – or should that be diamond? – touch. This floralinspired diamond necklace is exceedingly pretty, just our kind of bouquet; The Asprey Flower set with graduating rose gold flowers of pave brilliant cut diamonds, POA, asprey.com

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William & Son William & Son now has these beautiful square cut Morganite earrings on show at its incredibly smart new Bruton Street address. Need we say more? Palazzo Collection Morganite and diamond earrings, £5,700, williamandson.com

David Morris Have you ever seen a prettier whirling dervish? It’s set with three colours of diamonds, including very rare purple ones. Heaven; Taj cocktail ring in white, purple, pink diamonds set in white and pink gold, POA, davidmorris.com

Tiffany Nothing is more glamorous than a Tiffany Blue box, especially when it contains a delicate rose gold bracelet, set with diamonds; bow cuff in rose gold and diamonds, £6,725, tiffany.co.uk

Cartier Earrings that look like bejewelled fireworks exploding in the night’s sky. Each part of the diamond and pink sapphire tassels move, too. What’s not to love? Paris Nouvelle Vague earrings in pink gold, pink sapphires, diamonds, £18,800, cartier.co.uk

Boodles Jewellery inspired by ballet is a match made in heaven. Never more so than in the hands of Boodles, there’s something truly modern and exciting about the collection but still timeless; 'Pas de Deux' kite diamond ring set in platinum, £18,000, boodles.com

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Kiki McDonough From one of the Duchess of Cambridge’s favourite jewellers comes this one-ofa-kind peachy pair; Morganite double drop earrings set in yellow gold and diamonds, £7,500, kiki.co.uk

Chanel This is the sort of jewellery you can imagine Coco herself wearing, and that’s because so much of it is inspired by her beautiful apartment, just like this Camelia ring, a diamond depiction of her favourite flower; white gold and diamond 'Camelia 1932' ring, POA, chanel.com

Chopard It’s truly a mark of a world-class jeweller when the back of a piece is as beautiful as the front. These extraordinary ruby earrings are an example of that – it’s almost impossible to decide which side is more beautiful; earrings in white gold set with pear-shaped rubies and brilliant-cut diamonds, POA, chopard.co.uk

De Beers Always one to surprise, De Beers has created an entire collection inspired by some of London’s most scenic sights, all depicted in worldclass diamonds; diamond and white gold Thames Path ring, POA, debeers.co.uk

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Annouhska Unusual jewels are this brand’s calling card. This intricate pink opal ring is a fabulous example; Sutra pink opal and diamond ring, £11,000, annoushka.com


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Harry Winston The entire Sparkling Cluster Collection was inspired by celebrations and quite frankly it would be impossible to be anything less than jubilant whilst wearing this beautiful pair; Sparkling Cluster diamond earrings, POA, harrywinston.com

Va n L e l e s You have to look twice at Vanleles’ bow collection to realise they’re crafted in gold not fabric, so delicate are the undulating lines, they could easily be made from satin; Lyla’s Bow 18k rose gold, diamond and pearl earrings, £6,600, vanleles.com

Ritz Fine Jewellery This mesmerising oval-cut stone would have traditionally been set vertically but the design has been given an inventive, contemporary twist; oval imperial pink topaz, diamond and white gold ring, £65,000, ritzfinejewellery.com

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"A statement necklace, dripping with white diamonds, will never go out of style"

Graff From the masters of diamonds, this incredible necklace would have looked as at home on an 18thcentury queen as it would on today’s red carpet; diamond and white gold bow necklace, POA, graffdiamonds.com

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FINE JEWELLERY Chaumet A bouquet of carved and cut stones that can be worn as a pendant or a hair slide. This has to be one of our all-time favourite pieces from Chaumet; Hortensia Aube Rosée hairpin in pink gold with diamonds, pink opal, pink tourmalines and pink sapphires, £30,180, chaumet.com

Marco Bicego From the go-to guy in wearable fine jewellery, these rose-cut wonders are enchanting and light as a feather; pink sapphire and white diamond earrings set in yellow gold, POA, marcobicego.com

Jessica McCormack Jessica McCormack’s jewellery artfully masters the balance between cool and timeless. These bow and heart earrings are love at first sight; diamond earrings in white gold, £80,000, jessicamccormack.com

Dior Victoire de Castellane is a magician: here she’s sculpted rose gold so deftly it looks as if it were rippling as you move. A work of balletic art; Archi Dior ‘Cocotte’ ring in pink gold with diamonds, £5,100, Dior Joaillerie at dior.com

Va n C l e e f & A r p e l s This brand can do no wrong, producing beautiful, whimsical and impeccably made jewellery; Flamant Corail Clip in diamonds and sapphires set in pink gold, POA, vancleefarpels.com

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CO UNT ER When your wardrobe is abundant with elegant designs, sublime embellishments and head-turning accessories, why save it for after dark? PHOTOGRAPHY Billie Scheepers STYLING Anna Bromilow MAKE UP Lucy Joan Pearson at Coffin Inc HAIR Stephen Low at ELSL Management for Neville's MODEL Viviane Michaelis at The Hive Management LOCATION Corinthia Hotel London

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Silk and double satin gown with floor-length embellished cape, POA, ralphandrusso.com; diamonds set in white gold bracelet, POA, vancleefarpels.com; pearl and diamond studs, ÂŁ10,000, asprey.com

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Silver and pale pink tweed tailored dress with tulle bodice, with silk organza feathered jacket, POA, ralphandrusso.com; veiling crib and Swarovski headpiece, ÂŁ1,400, janetaylorlondon.com; pearl and diamond studs, ÂŁ10,000, asprey.com; pearl and diamond bracelet, ÂŁ14,500, asprey.com

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Silk tulle dress with leather detail, POA, chanel.com; clutch, ÂŁ1,195, jimmychoo.com; pearl and diamond studs, ÂŁ10,000, asprey.com

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Silk tulle hand-embroidered dress, POA, ashistudio.com; diamonds, tourmalines and onyx set in white gold earrings, POA, vancleefarpels.com

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Pearl embellished crop top with embroidered and brocade skirt, POA, krikorjabotian.com; pearl and diamond studs, ÂŁ10,000, asprey.com


Feathered fish-tail gown, POA, nicholasoakwellcouture. com; pearl and diamond studs, ÂŁ10,000, asprey.com; diamonds set in white gold bracelet, POA, vancleefarpels.com

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Silk, leather and mohair-mix dress, ÂŁ4,600, louisvuitton.com; diamonds set in white gold bracelet, POA, vancleefarpels.com; pearl and diamond bracelet, ÂŁ16,500 and diamond and pearl earrings, POA, both asprey.com: Maids outfit, simonjersey.com


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Dress, £720 and fur detail, £385, both carolinaherrera.com; diamonds, tourmalines and onyx set in white gold earrings, POA, vancleefarpels.com; satin booties, £750, jimmychoo.com

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Jewellery designer Vania Leles (right) has a deep understanding of how to create beautiful, meaningful pieces; (below) the Vanleles New Bond Street salon

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LEGENDS OF AFRICA 18k white gold Gemfields-sourced Zambian emerald and diamond earrings, POA, Vanleles

We could all do with a little Vanleles glamour in our lives! The eponymous fine jewellery brand of VANIA LELES is desperately beautiful and decidedly elegant. Just like the woman herself, says MINE's Astrid Joss 34


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LEGENDS OF AFRICA 18k white gold, Gemfields-sourced Zambian emerald and diamond necklace, POA, Vanleles

OCEANA 18k white gold, sapphire and diamond earrings, POA, Vanleles

ania Leles, ex model turned jewellery designer, has beauty in her DNA. While growing up in West Africa (coincidentally, where some of the world's largest diamond and gold mines are located), she knew that a 'big desk job' was not for her. By 24 she was a model, walking for YSL one minute and being photographed by acclaimed fashion photographer Ellen von Unwerth the next. She lived on Madison Avenue and 66th Street, above the Bulgari store, and – like Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany's – would pop in every day 'just to have a look'. And the rest is history – albeit one with serious studying, hard work and some heavyweight mentors. After Vania graduated, Laurence and Francois Graff – of Graff fame – took her under their wing. “I was always in awe of Graff, as it was the only company with big gem stones that excited me,” she says. (Looking out of the window of Vanleles' New Bond Street salon, I can see the Graff store where Vania worked, and can’t help but feel her ascension from underling to Bond Street big-hitter was written in the stars.) After Graff, Vania worked for De Beers, and then Sotherby’s added further strings to her professional bow. By 2011, she was ready to go it alone and Vanleles was born. Effervescent, warm, and lively, Vania draws you in as quickly as her designs do. “All girls grow up wanting to be a princess, but I wanted to be a butterfly as I loved them so much back then,” she says, referring to the Damien Hirst-style butterfly art, reflecting both her self belief and her love for nature and colour. “When I'm designing, I’m constantly thinking of the woman that will wear it and the story it will tell about her. A woman’s jewellery box represents the milestones in her life; from her ears being pierced and her first watch, to engagement, marriage and babies.” You cannot hide from the emotion that Vanleles pieces evoke – from their beautiful design (it should be noted that Vania only works with stones that have been ethically sourced), to what they will end up meaning to you. Perhaps it’s Vania’s love for people, combined with her skills, that enables her to create detailed works of art, be it a showstopping cuff or a delicate pearl bow earring. Almost like a fortune teller, she is able to read your jewellery desires and deliver accordingly.

LEGENDS OF AFRICA 18k white gold, Gemfields-sourced Zambian emerald and diamond ring, POA, Vanleles

BRIDAL 18k white gold and diamond earrings, POA, Vanleles

LEGENDS OF AFRICA 18k white gold, Gemfields-sourced Madagascar sapphire and diamond earrings, POA, Vanleles

OCEANA 18k white gold, sapphire and diamond ring, POA, Vanleles

VANLELES, 174 New Bond Street, London W1S 4RG; vanleles.com

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SHOPPING APPLIQUÉ MINK-TRIMMED TWEED CAPE, £4,750, DOLCE & GABBANA AT MATCHESFASHION.COM

THE CAPED C R U SA D E R Get totally wrapped up in this season's statement cover-up

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on't hold back when investing in a cape – it should be as extravagant as possible. Look for fur trims, embellishment, embroidery, gilded buttons, ribbon detailing… The length is crucial; short, film noir styles are out. Instead, ensure yours rests just above or below the knee – far more flattering. Valentino, Gucci and Fendi make the best (obviously), choosing plush fabrics (velvet, cashmere, satin, skins), as well as Renaissance design references. Always wear with a clutch; bag straps and chains can cause a myriad of problems. You've be warned…

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SHOPPING

AVALON SILK-CREPE CAPE, £1,585, JUAN CARLOS OBANDO AT NET-A-PORTER.COM

EMBROIDERED WOOL-BLEND CAPE, £1,175, VILSHENKO AT NET-A-PORTER.COM

PRINTED TROMPE L’OEIL WOOL CAPE, £1,850, GUCCI AT MYTHERESA.COM

RALPH & RUSSO A/W 2016

EMBROIDERED WOOL CAPE, £4,495, ALEXANDER MCQUEEN AT STYLEBOP.COM

KEAATS VELVET-PANELLED CAPE, £1,950, ROLAND MOURET AT MATCHESFASHION.COM

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ANGELA FIL COUPÉ CAPE, £1,650, ERDEM AT MYTHERESA.COM

EMBELLISHED CAPE, £636, LA MANIA

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GUCCI A/W 2016

VELVET APPLIQUÉ CAPE, £1,375, TALITHA AT MATCHESFASHION.COM

VELVET CAPE, £1,232, RICK OWENS AT FARFETCH.COM

WOOL AND MOHAIR BLEND CAPE, £1,295, ROKSANDA AT MATCHESFASHION.COM

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VELVET BELT, £305, MIU MIU AT NET-A-PORTER.COM

VELVET DRESS, £355, VIVETTA AT SELFRIDGES.COM

VELVET BLAZER, £490, FRAME LE AT SELFRIDGES.COM

VELVET PUMPS, £440, PRADA AT NET-A-PORTER.COM

VELVET TROUSERS, £486, ETRO AT FARFETCH.COM

APPLIQUÉD PANELLED VELVET DRESS, £2,230, PRADA AT NET-A-PORTER.COM

VELVET LOAFERS, £270, MCQUEEN AT NET-APORTER.COM

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VELVET CROSS-BODY BAG, £995, ROKSANDA AT SELFRIDGES.COM


SHOPPING

EMBELLISHED VELVET SANDALS, £650, LAURENCE DACADE AT BROWNSFASHION.COM

EMBELLISHED CLUTCH WITH CRYSTAL CLASP, £1,295, JIMMYCHOO.COM

V E LVE T G O LDM I N E See it, feel it, love it... velvet is fashion's fabric du jour

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VELVET TOP, £256, ISABEL MARANT ÉTOILE AT FARFETCH.COM

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EMBELLISHED VELVET MULES, £895, MALONE SOULIERS AT NET-A-PORTER.COM

CRUSHED VELVET COAT, £1,140, ISA ARFEN AT NET-A-PORTER.COM

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KITTEN HEEL, £625, CHRISTIANLOUBOUTIN.COM

VELVET CLUTCH, £195, LKBENNETT.COM

EMBROIDERED SLIPPERS, £180, FRENCHSOLE.COM

VELVET DRESS, £295, LKBENNETT.COM

VELVET AND PATENT PUMPS, £575, JIMMYCHOO.COM

EMBROIDERED VEST, £410, ANNA SUI AT NET-A-PORTER.COM WIDE-LEG PANTS, £690, ROBERTO CAVALLI AT NET-A-PORTER.COM

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FINE JEWELLERY

London by De Beers Albert Bridge necklace: White diamonds set in white gold, total carat weight: 59.15ct, POA, De Beers

London by De Beers Thames Path earrings: White diamonds set in white gold, total carat weight: 7.52ct, POA, De Beers

London by De Beers Elizabeth Tower ring: White diamonds set in white gold, total carat weight: 5.69ct, POA, De Beers

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London by De Beers Albert Bridge earrings: White diamonds set in white gold, 7.52ct, POA, De Beers

London by De Beers Thames Path ring: White diamonds set in white gold, total carat weight: 5.14ct, POA, De Beers London by De Beers London View earrings: White diamonds set in white gold, total carat weight: 9.10ct, POA, De Beers

A Meet Andrew Coxon, President of De Beers Institute of Diamonds. What this man doesn't know about diamonds isn't worth knowing…

s a boy Andrew Coxon, the President of De Beers Institute of Diamonds, loved to collect stones on the beach. No surprise then that by 18 he was working for De Beers, scouring the globe for the world's most perfect diamonds. 40 years on, Coxon's enthusiasm for stones (albeit of a very different kind) has not waned. He curated the Millennium Jewel Collection – a group of 11 rare blue diamonds selected to mark the millennium. (One of the largest, at 10 carats, sold for a recordbreaking £22.5million!) He has advised on the lighting of the Crown Jewels, and personally delivered a diamond to a buyer in the South of France via plane, helicopter and yacht. He is De Beers' James Bond! But what is knowledge and experience without passion? As the man himself says, “Diamonds are where science and poetry meet.” What a diamond is (its grading in terms of cut, colour, clarity and carat), and how it looks to the naked eye are important but very different matters. For this reason Coxon founded the De Beers Institute of Diamonds in 2001, ensuring only the most beautiful are selected and sold at De Beers. “When choosing your diamonds, trust your eye; like choosing a partner, what excites you when you look at it is what counts!” In fact, he is so obsessive about getting your choice of diamond right, and enjoying it ever after, that he's created handbag-sized jewellery wipes so you can 'sparkle on the go'. And as if that weren't enough, he's written a book about diamonds; the film version is imminent. With Coxon as the leading man. Well, here's hoping!

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Have yourself a very Dolce & Gabbana Christmas Sometimes all we need is a bit of Dolce in our lives, and never more so than the party season – choose from the most fabulous array of accessories to see you through every event. We love this beautiful brass and crystal belt, £754, dolcegabbana.it

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Fancy a Manolo Blahnik stiletto biscuit or how about a Moschino sponge handbag? To celebrate its 10th year, The Berkeley Hotel’s legendary fashion-inspired afternoon tea, Prêt-à-Portea, has launched a book, High Fashion Bakes & Biscuits (£12.95; amazon.co.uk), with over 20 recipes and baking techniques. For the keener bakers, a two-hour masterclass with Head Pastry Chef, Mourad Khiat, is available – complete with your very own embroidered ’Shoe Chef’ apron. Classes from £175; the-berkeley.co.uk

M IN E LOVES

What's hot, where to go and what to wear when you're there…

Ready, set, action!

Whether you're a modern-day Bond Girl à la Lea Seydoux or more of a retro beauty like Honor Blackman, channeling you're inner heroine has never been easier. All you need is a versatile and oh-so-chic jumpsuit! Indoors or out, nothing beats the old-school glamour of this '70s look, which new luxury label Seren London has so perfectly harnessed. The capsule collection of four silk designs flatters different body shapes while simultaneously being incredibly comfortable and achingly cool. From £650; seren-london.com

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tylish, innovative and swanky, the new Harvey Nichols Knightsbridge Beauty & Accessories department is every girl's dream destination. Open longer hours, it means hair, nail, lashes and brow services are on tap early till late. Sample the complimentary Beauty Concierge to help you navigate your way around the 130 brands. Check out new beauty brands in the pop-up area (Victoria Beckham for Estée Lauder was there first!), get miraculous healthy at NOSH, with medically designed bespoke intravenous nutrition infusions, or brighten up your skin with the latest non-invasive LED Healite II technology at The Light Salon. You're almost guaranteed to leave the store feeling and looking a better version of yourself; harveynichols.com

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Light it up If you're planning to propose – or you feel like dropping a major hint to your other half – then you should know that luxury goods company William & Son has launched its first bridal collection, Lumiere. Available in three diamond shapes – cushion, round and pear – the collection comprises engagement rings, pendants and earrings. And as the name suggests, the exquisite design allows light to filter through the setting, showcasing the brilliance of the stone. Lumiere Collection diamond engagement ring, £41,250, williamandson.com

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…and as delicate as a snowflake – Mira Zwillinger’s Whisper of Blossom bridal collection features subtle details inspired by nature. The result? Ethereal and utterly irresistible designs. Sheath silhouette gowns are intricately embellished with silk petals and sequin clusters. Pure as the driven snow? Quite possibly; mirazwillinger.com 54

I SAY! Penhaligon’s – one of the UK's oldest perfume houses – has more than delivered with its latest collection, Portraits. Comprising four fragrances, they each take inspiration from the spirit of the British aristocracy, reflecting on their humour, tradition and provocation. Based on fictional members of a typical aristocratic family, the trick is to find your equal: be it honour in The Tragedy of Lord George or beauty in The Coveted Duchess Rose. From £178; penhaligons.com


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ALBERT'S GANG From the team behind some of London’s coolest nightclubs comes a members' club that’s as glamorous as it is hard to get in to… which can only mean one thing: it’s going to be huge. Meet Carlo Carello, co-founder of Albert’s. Pretty wannabes and B-listers need not apply... By Astrid Joss


NIGHTLIFE

Albert's eclectic decor features a gold-leaf ceiling, velvet banquettes, tartan upholstery and photographs by Norman Parkinson

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here is nothing, and I mean nothing, that get’s past Carlo Carello. Sitting in London’s newest members’ club, situated on the Old Brompton Rd in South Kensington (known as Albertopolis during Prince Albert’s era), I await Mr Carello to grace me with his presence. This, I should add, is tongue-incheek because the man himself is incredibly humble, given his high-profile past running Boujis – arguably one of London’s most successful and famed nightclubs – for over 10 years. (For the uninitiated, Boujis hosted the likes of the Lady Gaga, Leonardo DiCaprio, Will Smith, Cara Delevingne and Rihanna on a regular basis.) As I watch him pivot on one foot, pacing back and forth answering questions from his team members, his choreographed routine seems worthy of one that might be seen in his club. Switching between Italian and English, depending on who he's addressing – business partners, English; staff, Italian – I see a man on a mission. Yet all this while he somehow makes me feel I’m a part of the action, glancing often at me, including me in conversations (“What do you think of this cushion?”), taking me on a tour, arm-in-arm. He’s not just good at what he does, he’s a natural. Indeed, it was him that introduced the famous three-minute rule at Boujis – any bottle of Champagne or vodka must be delivered to a table within three minutes. His theory behind this: “Every guest should be treated like a rock star.” “Albert’s is more luxury than a club,” Carello confirms. The interior boasts a goldleaf ceiling and matching speakers, quirky art dotted around, and fabulously bright and bold wallpaper. And in homage to Albert’s royal namesake, the walls of the stairwell leading

down to the club are lined in the very tartan Jake Parkinson-Smith (grandson of fashion that Prince Albert introduced to Balmoral. photographer Norman Parkinson, whose Aside from this, it’s Carello’s signature touch pictures adorn the walls), Fraser Carruthers, and industry expertise that elevates Albert’s. and nightclub ‘godfather’ Piers Adams, who “Myself and the staff know about the personal co-founded Mahiki and Whisky Mist, but who needs and wants of every single member. refrains from the interview process. “I know There’s a book behind the bar with each within 45 seconds if someone is right, and member’s favourite drink and a Rolls Royce I’m not afraid to turn someone down, that can be booked by members for their celebrity or not,” says Carello. journey home." Carello is focussed on getting the club On the subject of those select perfect, from the music to the drinks list members, Carello makes it and, let’s not forget, the mouthcrystal clear that the right watering menu designed by Alessio mix of people is imperative Piras, formerly of Cecconi's. But to achieve his vision. “I he doesn’t let this detract from like the idea of my friends his aim to ensure that members sitting on a table next to my have fun. “Of course we have rules parents, so we’re looking and dress codes, but I don’t rigidly at a range of ages from 25 enforce them… I want a relaxed to 75.” He says the club atmosphere. While working at a is “more party than Soho certain club in my early career, Carlo Carello, co-founder House yet more relaxed I was told that the jeans I was than Annabel’s” with a wearing were one shade of blue sophisticated yet homely feel to it. Clearly too light…” He screws up his face: “I don’t there is no shortage of interest. “We had want that kind of attitude here.” On leaving, 3,500 applications in the first week of I ask him why he didn’t call his new venture opening.” The next stage is the interview Carlo’s? Without pausing, he smiles: “Prince process, where Carello sees potential new Albert had heritage. Besides, Carlos’s sounds members face to face, often with his partners like a pizzeria.”

"[Albert's] is more party than Soho House yet more relaxed than Annabel’s"

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We've got the major blues… but there's nothing sad about the season's coolest menswear. These blues are the really stylish, covetable kind. By Anastasios Moiras

DOUBLE-BREASTED BLAZER WITH 'CREATE YOUR OWN' CREST, £425, POLO RALPH LAUREN, AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY AT RALPHLAUREN.CO.UK

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SHOPPING

“COUNTDOWN TO A CURE” AMFAR 42MM WATCH, POA, HARRYWINSTON.COM

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SHOPPING

SUEDE SHOES, £550, JIMMYCHOO.COM

LEATHER 'BRUTON' BAG, £1,680, WILLIAMANDSON.COM

COTTON SHIRT, £460, DIOR HOMME AT DIOR.COM

JEANS IN STRETCH COTTON, £390, DIOR HOMME AT DIOR.COM

SUEDE & LEATHER TRAINERS, £475, GIUSEPPE ZANOTTI DESIGN AT SELFRIDGES.COM

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DENIM BACKPACK, £620, DSQUARED2 AT SELFRIDGES.COM

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LEATHER DERBY SHOES, £600, DIOR HOMME AT DIOR.COM

SLIM-FIT DENIM JACKET, £680, LANVIN AT MRPORTER.COM

SMALL MOUNT STREET TECH TOTE IN NUBUCK, £650, ASPINALOFLONDON.COM

DENIM CARE SET, £26, THE LAUNDRESS AT MRPORTER.COM

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WOOL-FELT FEDORA, £130, A.P.C AT MRPORTER.COM

LEATHER TRAVEL WALLET, £280, WILLIAMANDSON.COM

PATCHWORK DENIM JACKET, £1,310, GIVENCHY AT MRPORTER.COM

GENTLEMAN’S MANUAL MECHANICAL PERPETUAL CALENDAR WITH CHRONOGRAPH IN WHITE GOLD, £119,350, PATEK PHILIPPE AT BOODLES.COM

'DODGER' SNEAKERS IN SUEDE, £440, BOTTEGAVENETA.COM

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EMPORIO ARMANI

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MENSWEAR

SLIPPERS, £515, GUCCI AT HARRODS.COM

DOUBLE-BREASTED COAT, £2,900, BURBERRY AT FARFETCH.COM

LOUIS VUITTON

PYJAMA PARTY

STATEMENT MAKER

CHECKED SUIT, £2,290, THOM BROWNE AT FARFETCH.COM

SILK TIE, £155, TOM FORD AT MRPORTER.COM SHEARLING COAT, £6,800, LOUISVUITTON.COM

EMBOSSED LEATHER POUCH, £940, THOM BROWNE AT MRPORTER.COM

LOAFERS, £630, LOUIS LEEMAN AT HARVEYNICHOLS.COM

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BOTTEGA VENETA

SHIRT, £880, LOUISVUITTON.COM


MENSWEAR

NOVELTY FACTOR BACKPACK, £2,040, FENDI.COM

FENDI

SHEARLING PARKA, £1,250, COACH.COM

SUEDE BOOTS, £435, MONCLER AT MRPORTER.COM

VELVET SWEATSHIRT, £825, DOLCE & GABBANA AT HARRODS.COM

PATCHED JEANS, £822, PHILIPP PLEIN AT FARFETCH. COM

DIOR HOMME

PUFF PIECE

EMBROIDERED SLIP-ONS, £935, CHRISTIANLOUBOUTIN.COM

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STUDDED LEATHER BOOTS, £730, VALENTINO AT MRPORTER.COM

STYLE MILITIA WOOL AND CASHMERE OVERCOAT, £2,660, BALMAIN AT HARRODS.COM

WAXED JEANS, £690, BALMAIN AT HARRODS.COM

GREAT WESTERN

OUTERWEAR SHIRT, £750, VALENTINO AT MRPORTER.COM

SHEARLING JACKET, £369, SANDRO AT HARRODS.COM

SUEDE BOOTS, £685, SAINT LAURENT AT HARVEYNICHOLS.COM

COACH

CANVAS AND LEATHER CARDHOLDER, £190, VALENTINO AT MRPORTER.COM

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ALEXANDER MCQUEEN

MENSWEAR CAMOUFLAGE TROUSERS, £740, VETEMENTS AT MATCHESFASHION.COM

MOTH PRINT SHIRT, £395, ALEXANDERMCQUEEN.COM

BUTTERFLY STITCHED T-SHIRT, £895, VALENTINO AT FARFETCH.COM

FULL-ON PRINT

BURBERRY

JEANS, £540, DIOR HOMME AT DIOR.COM

EMBROIDERED BOMBER JACKET, £2,225, VALENTINO AT HARRODS.COM

WOOL BLEND JACKET, £1,230, SAINT LAURENT AT HARVEYNICHOLS.COM

DA BOMB

ROLLER-BOAT SLIP-ONS, £1,095, CHRISTIANLOUBOUTIN.COM

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MENSWEAR

FENDI

LEATHER DOUBLE MONK STRAPS, £680, ETRO.COM

TURTLE NECK JUMPER, £260, ACNE STUDIOS AT HARRODS.COM

SHEARLING COAT, £3,325, LOEWE AT MRPORTER.COM

EMBROIDERED JACKET, £1,645, ETRO.COM

ETRO

SHEARLING AND LEATHER BACKPACK, £1,440, LANVIN AT MRPORTER.COM

LOAFERS, £810, FENDI.COM

SHEAR(LING) GENIUS

ON A HIGH

SHEARLING-PANELLED BOMBER JACKET, £1,495, BALENCIAGA AT MRPORTER.COM

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L'HEURE CONVOITÉE II, £222, CARTIER AT HARRODS.COM

SATIN MOOD OUD, £275 FOR 70ML EAU DE PARFUM, FRANCISKURKDJIAN. COM

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ALLURE HOMME SPORT, £65 FOR 100ML, CHANEL AT HARRODS.COM


GROOMING

THE GOLDEN RULES OF GROOMING Rule 1) Ensure your bathroom shelf looks as good as you do, with products that have the Midas touch. Edited by Robert James

EXFOLIATING ENERGY SCRUB, £35 FOR 100ML, TOM FORD AT SELFRIDGES.COM

ACQUA DI PARMA COLLEZIONE BARBIERE SHAVING BRUSH AND RAZOR, £376, ACQUADIPARMA.COM

ACQUA DI PARMA COLLEZIONE BARBIERE SHAVING CREAM, £40, ACQUA DI PARMA AT HARRODS.COM

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SUPREMŸA AT NIGHT, £475, SISLEY AT HARRODS.COM


GROOMING

SERUM REPAIR SKIN MOISTURISING REVITALIZING SERUM, £69 FOR 20ML, DR SEBAGH AT SPACENK.COM BLACKBERRY & BAY SHOWER OIL, £32, JOMALONE.CO.UK

OIL SHAMPOO, £28, RAHUA AT LIBERTY.COM

ISSA COOL BLACK TOOTHBRUSH, £149, FOREO.COM

ABBEYHORN BOAR-BRISTLE HAIRBRUSH, £75, D R HARRIS AT MRPORTER.COM

“Never underestimate the sands of time, and hold onto those halcyon days with some winning products in men’s grooming”

MOUTHWASH, £15 FOR 500ML, AESOP AT MRPORTER.COM

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GROOMING BEARD COMB, £29, TOM FORD AT SELFRIDGES.COM

BROW GROOMING GELCOMB, £32, TOM FORD AT SELFRIDGES.COM

GOLD MANICURE SET, £450, CZECH AND SPEAKE AT MRPORTER.COM

WASH BAG, £380, SAINT LAURENT AT MRPORTER.COM

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THE SHOCK OF THE NE W Six trends to turn your wardrobe around this season

S TYL ED BY S O PHIE GO O DWIN & RO BY N HAM ILT O N

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WOOL MINI DRESS, £335, MCQ ALEXANDER MCQUEEN AT NET-A-PORTER.COM

The Dress

EMBELLISHED VELVET MINI DRESS, £7,829, BALMAIN AT STYLEBOP.COM

CREPE MINI DRESS, £1,900, HANEY AT NET-A-PORTER.COM

CADY MIDI DRESS, £1,140, ALTUZARRA AT MATCHESFASHION.COM

FRINGE Shake, shimmy and shine in a fringed dress. Metallic '20s styles are the winning look (Prada) but bold colours (Balmain) are proving just as successful, as is Altuzarra’s jazzy offering. Offset with oversized earrings and a pair of chunky platforms, so the overall effect isn’t too twinkly and 'cabaret'.

EMBELLISHED BANDAGE MINI DRESS, £2,460, HERVÉ LÉGER AT NET-A-PORTER.COM

FRINGED DRESS, £4,190, TOM FORD AT MYTHERESA.COM

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APPLIQUÉD GUIPURE LACE DRESS, £775, MARCHESA NOTTE AT NET-A-PORTER.COM

FRINGED HEM COCKTAIL DRESS, £1089, JONATHAN SIMKHAI AT STYLEBOP.COM


FA S H I O N

RALPH LAUREN

WOOL CULOTTES, £1,110, GUCCI AT BROWNSFASHION.COM

The Trousers

CULOTTES WOOL CULOTTES, £340, CH CAROLINAHERRERA.COM

Say hello to your the new wardrobe basic! Sexed up (with a very high shoe and sheer top) or down (kitten or pointed flats with a shirt or knit), they are so versatile and always look polished, as well as very, very flattering. Head to Victoria Beckham, Roksanda and Gucci.

SOFT CREPE CULOTTES, £479, VICTORIA, VICTORIA BECKHAM AT STYLEBOP.COM

PLEATED CULOTTES, £545, ALEXANDER MCQUEEN AT FARFETCH.COM

WOOL-BLEND CULOTTES, £386, DRIES VAN NOTEN AT MYTHERESA.COM PLEATED SILK SATIN CULOTTES, £135, IRIS AND INK AT THEOUTNET.COM CULOTTES, £795, ROKSANDA AT MATCHESFASHION.COM

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MULES, £165, LKBENNETT.COM

EMBELLISHED SATIN MULES, £600, NO.21 AT HARRODS.COM

MULES, £1,250, SANAYI 313 AT MATCHESFASHION.COM

The Shoe

MULE Mules have cool, retro appeal and – bonus! – make ankles look mini. Wear yours with sheer tights for a super trendy look, or high-waisted jeans or culottes (see left), or even ankleskimming skirts. In fact, they work with everything – apart from the rain!

PYTHON & LEATHER MULES, £695, CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN AT NET-APORTER.COM

SHEARLING-LINED LEATHER MULES, £630, GUCCI AT NET-A-PORTER.COM

FENDI

SUEDE MULES, £435, TORY BURCH AT NET-A-PORTER.COM

EMBELLISHED BROCADE MULES, £615, MIU MIU AT NET-A-PORTER.COM

EMBELLISHED LEATHER MULES, £475, TABITHA SIMMONS AT MYTHERESA.COM

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VELVET MULES, £449, ALBERTA FERRETTI AT STYLEBOP.COM


FA S H I O N

LEATHER-TRIMMED GABARDINE BACKPACK, £695, BURBERRY PRORSUM AT NET-A-PORTER.COM

LEATHER BACKPACK, £1,400, GUCCI AT MATCHESFASHION.COM

The Bag

BACKPACK Every brand now has a posh backpack to offer – personalised/ big / small / funky designs – this is the sensible (and cool way) to cart your stuff around. No longer reserved for students and skater kids, big hitters like Ferragamo, Anya Hindmarch, Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Dior are all at it. ELBA LEATHER BACKPACK, £285, AMANDAWAKELEY.COM

MINI BACKPACK, £898, ANYAHINDMARCH.COM

QUILTED LEATHER MINI BACKPACK, £779, SALVATORE FERRAGAMO AT STYLEBOP.COM

MINI LEATHER-TRIMMED SUEDE BACKPACK, £345, MANU ATELIER AT NET-A-PORTER.COM

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MINI LEATHER BACKPACK, £1,640, FENDI AT MYTHERESA.COM


FA S H I O N

WOOL-BLEND TRENCH COAT, £1,310, TIBI AT MATCHESFASHION. COM

WOOL-FELT JACKET, £1,180, HAIDER ACKERMANN AT NET-A-PORTER.COM

EMBROIDERED TRIM COAT, £3,075, ETRO AT HARRODS.COM

The Coat

MILITARY Military is always knocking around. This winter, however, it’s focused on the army-inspired coat. It must be long not cropped; look for gold buttons, ribbon detailing, red piping or a fur collar. Burberry do the best (Thomas Burberry build the entire brand on outerwear) and colour-wise, invest in khaki or navy blue.

TIBI

COTTON AND SILK-BLEND GABARDINE JACKET, £1,595, BURBERRY PRORSUM AT NET-A-PORTER.COM

COAT, £395, LKBENNETT.COM

FUR-TRIMMED COAT, £1,395, FORTE COUTURE AT FARFETCH.COM

SHEARLING COLLAR PEA COAT, £425, TOMMYXGIGI AT HARRODS.COM

MILITARY COAT, £1,995, BURBERRY AT HARRODS.COM


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FA S H I O N

14K YELLOW GOLD AND SAPPHIRE EARRING DROP, £450, ANNOUSHKA AT SELFRIDGES.COM

18K GOLD MULTISTONE EARRING, £675, DELFINA DELETTREZ AT NETA-PORTER.COM

EMBELLISHED CUFF EARRING, £395, ALEXANDER MCQUEEN AT STYLEBOP.COM

EARRING, £605, LOUISVUITTON.COM

The Accessory

STATEMENT EARRING Earrings are mega this season. Huge. And if you want to truly nail the look, only wear one. For the party season, the focus is on stones and sparkle (see Stella, Louis Vuitton and McQueen). It will make a dated dress bang on again and add a little razzmatazz to cigarette trousers and a white shirt.

EARRING, £485, ANISSA KERMICHE AT FARFETCH.COM

EARRING, £300, STELLA MCCARTNEY AT MYTHERESA.COM EMERALD EARRING, £530, BEE GODDESS AT HARRODS.COM

DIAMOND AND 18K YELLOW GOLD EARRING, £3,250, MARIA TASH AT MATCHESFASHION.COM

GOLD-PLATED CRYSTALEMBELLISHED EAR CUFF, £93, JOANNA LAURA CONSTANTINE AT MYTHERESA.COM

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ALL IN THE D E TA I L

RIGHT This bespoke dressing room is entirely clad in Italian bevelled mirror panels, and set aglitter with Swarovski studded lighting

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Design duo Helen Bygraves and Jenny Weiss, the talent behind design consultancy Hill House Interiors, know how to create seriously show-stopping settings‌


INTERIORS

An ultra-cool Rat Pack photographic wall covering creates an alluring ambience, the monochromatic visual offset perfectly by the luxurious accents of amethyst and violet baize of the bespoke snooker table

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nown for their attention to detail and love of luxurious and innovative materials, Helen Bygraves and Jenny Weiss wave their magic wands over blanks spaces and, ta-dah, luxe living spaces appear. Yet as this talented pair will tell you, it takes more than a keen eye to win the confidence of their mega clients – which consist of industry leaders from sports, media and music. Warm and approachable, they won’t just give you a stunning property but will make the process wonderfully enjoyable to boot. “Smiling and laughing under pressure is what we do,” says Helen. “Our clients love it that we get involved on a personal level, inspiring each other, exceeding expectations and I am very proud of that.” Having both worked within the property sector, the business partners and friends began Hill House Interiors 15 years ago from a home

The uplifting effect of living in a beautiful space is often underestimated – a drawing room creates the perfect balance between relaxed family living and grand entertaining

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INTERIORS office; the company now consists of showrooms in London (Chelsea), Weybridge and Monaco. Supported by a highly skilled team of designers, architects and craftsmen, their talent takes them beyond London to modern maisons in Surrey to vast villas in the South of France, as well restaurants in Europe and incredible properties in Dubai. Everything is done with the utter most consideration for enjoyment and comfort. As Jenny says, “The uplifting effect of a beautiful space is often underestimated. It can make a significant difference to how people feel about themselves and in turn how they react to other

"We’ve both brought up families in beautiful homes and so appreciate the need for ease"

Hill House Interior’s bespoke Ritz bench with the brand’s signature studded detail

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Designed to the owners exact requirements, an infinity pool overlooking the dramatic Andalusian landscape, with specially commissioned, locally sourced, outdoor furniture

BELOW Attention to detail is key, with the metallic croc-embossed leather cupboard doors offset by the dark oak fretwork

The Hill House Interiors London showroom, Elystan Street SW3

ABOVE A tailored scheme showcasing cutting-edge design, innovative materials and tactility, with soothing stone effect wall covering offset by distressed mirrored wall

people. We’ve both brought up families in beautiful homes and so appreciate the need for ease. We have significant awareness for space and scale. We compartmentalise massive areas into zones, and open up small spaces with clever design tricks. And our mantra is we don’t like clutter. Only beautiful things are allowed on display!” As in fashion, trends come and go in the interior world. Hill House takes elements of such trends, for example currently focusing on embellishment, velvet and layering textures. "All of our schemes are immensely tactile, and we relish in fusing the diverse textures of different elements: think soft cashmere and luxurious mohair, deliciously juxtaposed with the symmetrical lines of rare stone and custom tinted woods,” Jenny says. The Hill House team has received a multitude of awards; they are never short of recognition. Harnessing this reputation, they are launching the Hill House Lifestyle range in February. It will consist of furnishings from sofas to dining room tables through to ottomans – all with their famous leathers, luxury metal, and mother of pearl details. Following this will be the Luxury range, a step on from the Lifestyle range – and then the Prestige range, which will be the ultimate collection, a purely bespoke furniture service offering the duo's design know-how. Think family heirloom necklaces planted in your side table. Sublime and timeless. Visit hillhouseinteriors.com 85


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The season finale of the BBC's Poldark has played out, but our obsession with the show lives on. (And not because of that muscly chest.) We just can't get enough of heroine Demelza aka actress Eleanor Tomlinson. The flame-haired star talks to MINE about winning the role of the feisty servant girl made good, and why her on-screen husband is also her perfect holiday companion‌ 88


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nless you’ve been living under a rock for the past year, you’ll have heard about Poldark. The incredibly popular BBC adaptation of the novels by Winston Graham is all anyone’s talking about, and especially one thing in particular – the dashing Ross Poldark, aka Aidan Turner, and his astonishing chest. But to be blinded by his pecs – dreamy as they are – is to miss the real star of the show: Captain Poldark’s wife, Demelza, the fiery former servant who wins his heart, played by 24-year-old Eleanor Tomlinson. Watching her in action on those Cornish cliffs, her long auburn mane blowing in the wind, she seems made for the part. But Eleanor admits she had her work cut out when it came to convincing the casting director. A period drama veteran – she previously starred in The White Queen alongside Max Irons and played Georgiana Darcy in the Pride & Prejudice-inspired BBC drama Death Comes To Pemberley – Eleanor was originally earmarked for the role of Elizabeth, Ross’s fragile former flame. “I’ve played the Elizabeth role before, but I really wanted to challenge myself as an actress – I was at the point where I needed to do something that would break me out of being stereotyped,” says Eleanor. “I read the script and completely fell in love with Demelza; for me, she is the lynch pin of the entire series. But the casting director was adamant I was wrong for the role. I’d been in meetings for the role of Elizabeth, so they’d seen me dressed up to the nines, but for the Demelza audition I borrowed my brother’s clothes, didn’t have any make-up on and didn’t brush my hair for two days. I came into the audition in character, I sat in the waiting room in character. And they really liked it!” The viewers clearly liked it, too – 6.7million of them tuned in for the first episode of series two, at the beginning of September. Eleanor admits she had no idea how huge the show would become when they started filming, but puts its success down to the authenticity of the relationship between Ross and Demelza. “They aren’t perfect and I think that’s what people like about them. They can relate to having an argument in the kitchen, shouting and screaming at the one they love.” Thankfully, there’s no shouting and screaming off set – the whole cast are ‘great mates’ and even go on holiday together. “Heida [Reed], who plays Elizabeth, is Icelandic, so we all went to Iceland with her last year. It was fantastic!” Acting is in the Tomlinson genes – both of Eleanor’s parents, Malcolm Tomlinson and Judith Hibbert, are actors, as is her younger brother, Ross. She was only 11 when she

Mesh dress, £2,995, amandawakeley.com; platinum and diamond earrings, POA, harrywinston.com

"[Ross and Demelza] aren’t perfect and I think that’s what people like about them. They can relate to shouting and screaming at the one they love"

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THIS PAGE Silk organza ball gown with shaped organza ribbon embroidery, POA, Ralph & Russo; pink tourmaline, diamond and pearl detachable drop earrings, ÂŁ10,590 (plus ÂŁ3,430), William & Son OPPOSITE Silk organza ball gown with enamel floral brooch, POA, Romona Keveza


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"My parents said, 'This is a brutal industry – the phone is ringing now but it might not be next week. Take every opportunity when it comes'" made up her mind to pursue it as a career. “I remember going to see my dad on set when he was doing The Bill and [actress] Bernie Nolan asked me whether I wanted to be an actress. I said, ‘YES! This is so much fun’, so I badgered my parents into letting me have a go and they set me up with Dad’s agent.” Roles swiftly followed, first in a small TV film called Falling, alongside Penelope Wilton, and then, when she was 12, a part in the Hollywood hit The Illusionist, playing Jessica Biel’s younger self. Since then she’s never gone more than a few months without an acting job, juggling school and on-set tutoring until she was halfway through her A levels and decided to give up education for good. “My parents were incredibly supportive, but they came under quite a lot of criticism for that,” says Eleanor. “But they said, ‘This is a brutal industry –

the phone is ringing now but it might not be next week. Take every opportunity when it comes.’” It turned out to be the first of many pieces of sound advice; she still turns to her parents for help whenever she’s struggling with a scene. Right now she’s busy filming series 3 of Poldark in Cornwall, waking up at 4.30am and finishing around 8.30pm. She spends two hours in hair and make-up every morning – “which is hilarious, considering it’s a ‘no make-up’ look!” – perfecting Demelza’s incredible red mane, which is a three-quarter wig placed under her own hair. It was Eleanor who decided that Demelza should be a redhead and she loves the look so much she’s decided to keep it off set, too. “It looks best with my skin tone, but also we only have 20 weeks off between each series, so dyeing it

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a different colour would just make it fall out. And a bald Demelza wouldn’t work as well…” Her next film is Loving Vincent, which tells the story of Vincent Van Gogh’s life, and is the first-ever film to be completely hand-painted, scene by scene. Out early next year, it stars Douglas Booth, Saoirse Ronan and… Aidan Turner. “We come as a package deal now!” Eleanor laughs. When she’s not working, she heads back up to Derbyshire to spend time with her family and her beloved Border Collie, Burt. She’s not on any form of social media – “I want people to know me for my work, not what I had for breakfast” – and, though she lives in London, she’s happiest when she’s out of the city, riding or taking long walks. “I’m definitely a country girl at heart.” No wonder she looks so at home up on those Cornish cliffs.


C O V E R S TA R THIS PAGE Silk organza ball gown with shaped organza ribbon embroidery, POA, Ralph & Russo; pink tourmaline, diamond and pearl detachable drop earrings, £10,590 (plus £3,430), William & Son OPPOSITE Silk organza ball gown with enamel floral brooch, POA, Romona Keveza

‘The Great Dress’ (proud to be part of the GREAT BRITAIN Campaign), POA, nicholasoakwellcouture.com

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THIS PAGE , Silk dress with black satin zipped top, ÂŁ9,700, Dior; diamond and platinum brooch, and diamond and platinum ring, both POA, harrywinston.com OPPOSITE Tulle gown with feathers and embroidery detail, ÂŁ11,090, gucci.com

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THIS PAGE Silk tulle handembroidered dress, POA, ashistudio.com; diamond and white gold earrings, ÂŁ80,000, jessicamccormack.com HAIR Errol Douglas; erroldouglas.com MAKE-UP James Malloy using Laura Mercier LOCATION Cornwell Manor; pineapplelocations.com BALLOONS bubblegumballoons.co.uk

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THE MODERN FEAST Traditional dinner parties are dead. Long live the kitchen supper, where close friends gather at your table to celebrate simple, delicious dishes with the ones they love. With her laid-back yet seriously sexy take on French cuisine, chef and food stylist Dara Sutin has your perfect menu sorted PHOTOGRAPHY BY NATO WELTON STYLING BY DARA SUTIN & JAVIER SALVADOR

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BLINIS WITH BEETROOT CREMA, SMOKED SALMON, LEMON AND DILL Makes 30 For the blini 75g cornmeal 75g flour ½ tsp baking powder 1 tsp salt 1 tsp sugar 1 egg, lightly beaten 140ml milk 2 tbsp grapeseed oil, for cooking For the beetroot crema 150g cooked beetroot 150g Greek yoghurt 1 tsp ground coriander 1 tsp salt 1 tbsp lemon juice 200g smoked salmon, cut into small pieces 28g pack of dill, leaves picked

KIR ROYAL, MADE WITH HOMEMADE B L A C K B E R R Y S A G E S Y R U P Makes 6 750ml bottle of Champagne 100g sugar 200g blackberries, plus extra to garnish 4 sage leaves

1) Place the blackberries, sugar and sage leaves into a small saucepan over a medium heat with a splash of water. Bring to

the boil then reduce and simmer until the mixture has thickened. 2) Push through a fine mesh sieve, allow to cool. If placing in the fridge, make sure to whisk the mixture before adding it to the glasses. 3) Divide the syrup between the glasses, top with Champagne and garnish with blackberries.

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1) In a large bowl, whisk together the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. 2) In a jug, combine the egg and milk. Gradually pour into the dry ingredients, whisking to combine. Place into a piping bag or jug and allow the mixture to rest for 10 minutes. 3) In a pan over a medium heat, heat one tablespoon of grapeseed oil in a pan. Pipe or pour 4cm rounds of batter into the pan, cooking for 2-3 minutes, flipping halfway until golden. Set aside as you prepare the rest. 4) In a small food processor, blitz the beetroot until a puree has formed. Tip into a bowl and combine with the yoghurt, coriander, salt and lemon juice to taste. 5) To assemble, place a teaspoon amount of the beetroot crema onto the cornmeal blini. Top with a piece of smoked salmon and a couple fronds of dill.


“MAKE THE MOST OF THE SEASON’S BOUNTY WITH LUSCIOUS FIGS. CRISP BOSC PEARS ALSO WORK WELL”

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CROSTINI W I T H R I C O T TA , H O N E Y, F I G S Makes 15 200g loaf of sourdough bread 3 tbsp good quality extra virgin olive oil 250g fresh ricotta cheese 1 lemon, zested and juice 10 ripe figs, quartered 3 tbsp good quality blossom honey 28g pack fresh basil, leaves torn Sea salt and black pepper, to taste

1) Preheat the grill on high and line a baking tray with foil. Slice the sourdough into 1.5cm pieces and place on the baking tray. Drizzle with 1 tbsp of oil and season with a bit of salt. Place in the oven for 3-5 minutes until golden and crisp, flipping halfway through. 2) In a small bowl, mix together the ricotta with half the lemon zest and juice. Season with salt and pepper and set aside. 3) Arrange the toasts on a platter, top with the ricotta and gently spread. Arrange a couple of fig pieces on top. Drizzle with honey and remaining oil and sprinkle over basil leaves. Serve immediately.

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HERBED FILET MIGNON Serves 6-8 600g piece of centre cut beef tenderloin 2 tbsp olive oil 2 tsp salt 2 tsp black pepper 1 tbsp butter 3 tbsp Dijon mustard 1 garlic clove, finely chopped 50g parsley, finely chopped 50g coriander, finely chopped 1 tbsp rosemary leaves, finely chopped 1 tbsp thyme leaves, finely chopped 1 tbsp olive oil

FRISEE SALAD WITH CRISPY LARDONS, POACHED EGG & CHIVE Serves 6 1 tbsp vinegar 6 eggs, at room temperature 4 tbsp olive oil 150g pancetta, cut into small strips 1 shallot, finely chopped 1 tbsp Dijon mustard 3 tbsp red wine vinegar 1 tsp salt 1 tsp black pepper 2 heads of frisee lettuce, washed and torn into large pieces 50g walnuts, roughly chopped ¼ cup chives, finely chopped

1) In a large sauté pan over a medium heat, add one tablespoon of olive oil and

pancetta. Cook for 4-6 minutes, stirring until crisp and golden. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside. Remove and discard some of the fat, leaving a little in the pan. 2) In the same pan, add the walnuts and toast over a medium heat for 4 minutes, stirring until golden, remove and set aside. 3) In a small bowl, whisk together the shallot, mustard, red wine vinegar, salt, pepper and remaining olive oil. 4) Place a pot of water with vinegar over a high heat and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and stir with a spoon to create a vortex. Crack

the eggs into small bowls and tip one by one into the middle of the water. Cook for 3-4 minutes then remove with a slotted spoon. 5) In a large bowl, dress the lettuce with half the dressing. Divide among the plates and top with the pancetta and an egg. Drizzle over remaining dressing and garnish with walnuts and chives.

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1) Remove the meat from the fridge 30 minutes before you're ready to cook. Preheat the oven to 180˚C. Rub one tablespoon of oil over the beef and season well with salt and pepper. In a large ovenproof pan over a medium heat, add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil and add the beef to the pan, searing all sides for about 8 minutes (2 minutes per side). Add the butter to the pan halfway through, and carefully use a spoon to baste the beef with the butter. 2) Place the beef into the oven and cook for 8-10 minutes until the internal temperature reads 48˚C for medium rare. Remove and allow the beef to rest while you prepare the rub. 3) In a small bowl, combine the garlic and fresh herbs. Add oil to bind together, and season to taste. Place the fresh herb mix on a large baking tray. Brush the mustard over the beef and gently roll the beef into the herb mix. 4) Thinly slice the beef and arrange on a platter.


“THIS HERB-CRUSTED BEEF IS A GREAT MAKE-AHEAD MAIN; SERVE AT ROOM TEMPERATURE”

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“SIMPLE YET LUXURIOUS, POTATO DAUPHINOISE IS THE PERFECT ACCOMPANIMENT TO ANY MEAL”


C H O C O L AT E M O U S S E P O T S W I T H C A R A M E L C R E A M Makes 8-10 250g dark chocolate, roughly chopped 115g unsalted butter 1 tsp sea salt 100g sugar 3 eggs, yolks and whites separated 400ml double cream 50g sugar 60ml double cream 2 tbsp butter, softened 30g 200g crème fraîche

and half the sugar, whisking for 4-6 minutes until pale, light and doubled in volume. Set aside. 3) In a separate bowl, with an electric whisk, whisk the egg whites until frothy then gradually add the sugar until the egg whites are stable and create peaks. 4) Using the electric whisk again, whisk the cream until medium to stiff peaks appear. 5) Add the melted chocolate mixture to the egg yolk mixture, folding gently until combined. Then add the egg white mixture, again folding very gently until combined, careful to not knock out too much air. Finally add the cream and fold through. Divide the mixture into 8-10 ramekins

1) In a heatproof bowl, combine the chocolate and butter. Place over a pan of simmering water and gently stir with a spatula until completely melted. Remove from the heat, stir through the salt and set aside. 2) Meanwhile, with an electric whisk, combine the egg yolks

P O TAT O DAUPHINOISE Serves 6 5 medium-sized floury potatoes 1 tbsp butter 1 tbsp olive oil 1 fennel bulb, finely sliced 2 garlic cloves, crushed 400ml double cream 200ml whole milk Salt and pepper, to taste

1) In a large sauté pan over a medium heat, add the olive oil, along with the sliced fennel. Cook for 15-20 minutes until nicely caramelized and golden. Add the garlic halfway through the cooking time. Season with salt and pepper to taste. 2) Meanwhile, peel and thinly slice the potatoes into rounds. Place into a large bowl and stir through the cream. Season with salt and pepper. 3) Add the cooked fennel to the potato mixture and stir to combine. Tip into an ovenproof baking dish and cook for 30-35 minutes until golden.

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or bowls and set in the fridge. 6) While the pots set, place the sugar in a non-stick sauté pan over a medium heat. Swirl the pan as the sugar begins to melt, do not stir or the sugar will crystalise. Once it has completely melted and has turned a nice amber colour, remove from the heat and add the cream. Whisk until the mixture has come together, then whisk in the butter. Tip into a bowl to cool completely at room temperature. 7) In a bowl, mix together the crème fraîche and caramel. Chill until ready to use and allow to come to room temperature before serving dollops on top of the mousse.


“THIS CLASSIC FRENCH APPLE TART REQUIRES A LITTLE BIT OF EFFORT, BUT IS TOTALLY WORTH IT!”

F R E N C H F LU T E D A P P L E TA RT Serves 8-10 For the pastry 125g butter, cold and diced 90g icing sugar 140g plain flour 1 tsp salt 3 egg yolks, at room temperature For the filling 5 cooking apples, like Bramley ½ cup caster sugar 1 lemon, juiced 600g apples, peeled, cored and sliced into ½ cm slices 2 tbsp butter 80g sugar 1 tsp ground cinnamon 2 tbsp icing sugar, to garnish

1) To make the pastry, combine the flour, sugar and salt in a large bowl. Add the butter and, using your hands, crumble it into the flour until it resembles pea-sized crumbs. Add the egg yolks and bring the mixture together until it forms a dough. Be careful not to knead it too much. Flatten in to a disc and wrap in cling film. Place in the fridge for at least one hour. 2) Meanwhile, peel and chop the cooking apples. Place in a saucepan over a medium heat and sprinkle over the sugar. Add two tablespoons of water and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, stirring

occasionally until the mixture has thickened and the apples are very soft. Gently mash some of the apples with a fork if needed. Chill completely. 3) Preheat the oven to 200˚C. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the pastry until it is ½ cm thick. Gently lift and place into a 20cm fluted tart tin. Trim away the excess and place the tart shell in the fridge for 30 minutes. 4) Prick the base of the shell with a fork. Line with parchment paper and add baking beans. Bake the shell for 18-20 minutes until golden on the edges. Remove from the oven, reduce the heat to 180˚C, remove the

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baking beans and paper, place back into the oven and continue to bake for another 6-8 minutes until golden and crisp. Remove and allow to cool slightly. 5) Evenly spread 300g of the apple sauce on to the base of the tart. Arrange the apple slices in a concentric circle beginning from the outside and finishing in the centre. Melt the remaining tablespoon of butter and brush over the apples. Bake in the oven at 180˚C for 30 minutes until golden and softened but not mushy. 6) Allow the tart to cool almost completely before dusting with icing sugar and serving.


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ADAM SMITH Everyone is talking about the newly appointed Executive Chef at Coworth Park, Adam Smith. He's 29, he's super-talented, and he's bringing a new era of culinary excellence to the magnificent country house hotel

Adam Smith, the newly appointed Executive Chef at Coworth Park

I've always had a real passion for food and the hospitality industry – for me, it’s not just about what we put on a plate but about the whole experience. I am often driven by the fear of failure, which really drives me to continue improving and developing what I do.

and make it a culinary destination, for whatever reason our guests are with us, be it a wedding, weekend away or a gourmet break – and leave them itching to come back. I also want to help develop the next generation, by inspiring and building a team that creates an innovative and memorable dining experience, which focuses on pure taste and the finest ingredients, alongside maintaining a passionate and inspired working environment for my team.

How would you describe your general approach to food?

How is Coworth Park inspiring as a place for you as a chef?

My mantra towards food has always been: ‘taste is king and never goes out of fashion’. I have always been an advocate for classical cooking; when I say this, people almost see it as a negative, because it’s not on trend. However, for me cooking is about staying true to classical flavour combinations and elevating them with modern techniques and presentation.

It’s hard not to be inspired by the picturesque parkland. We grow many of our own herbs in the gardens and it allows us to bring an essence of the hotel into every dish that we create.

Just 29 and so many achievements…

I started working in the kitchens of luxury establishments when I was 17 years old, so I learnt how to cook at the highest standard from a young age. I have always worked around inspiring people; I was motivated to be successful from an early age. There is still more I aspire to achieve. What sets you apart from other chefs?

It is a place of great luxury and natural beauty. Will we see this in your menu?

Absolutely, there are a number of dishes that use herbs grown on the estate – for example my caviar tart uses corn flowers and marigolds from the meadow. This is pivotal to my food style of quality ingredients, which shine on the plate.

Describe your food in 3 words…

British, seasonal, flavoursome. What was your biggest career move?

When I joined The Ritz, after I graduated from culinary college. This was the grounding to my career, and where I learnt my trade. However, my move to The Devonshire Arms, in Bolton Abbey, was also important as I grew as a chef and developed my own style, which is what I believe enabled us to achieve 4 AA rosettes in 2015.

How do you motivate your huge team?

In what ways is your role different at Coworth Park from anything you’ve done before?

I see my role at Coworth Park as the perfect blend of what I have done in the past; mixing five-star service with an idyllic location in the countryside. This is what makes Coworth Park the perfect place for me, as I love the countryside and we have a beautiful meadow and an amazing estate, which inspires me daily. At the moment, the colour of the autumn leafs is just fantastic. I oversee all of the food operation, which includes Restaurant Coworth Park and The Barn. We aim to produce the highest standards across all the food outlets, but offering our guests different experiences in each. It is the perfect fit for my style of working, and also my style of food. I have the opportunity to create something very special in our food offering that matches our very special hotel. How will you make your mark at Coworth Park?

We have a brigade of 45 chefs at Coworth Park; our team is what makes us. I couldn’t do anything without the people around me. Kitchens are always a pressured environment to work in, however I believe in leading by example, which is why I’m in the kitchen every day with my team – this way I can see and touch everything that goes on. We have to be well organised and run a tight ship with procedures and processes, like all top kitchens. Working like this is what makes producing the highest standards of food possible. How would you sum up the food offering at Coworth Park and how is it different to other luxury country hotels

Seasonal quality ingredients prepared with great attention to detail – a truly memorable epicurean experience. At Restaurant Coworth Park we showcase to our guests a modern outlook on classic British dishes, using quality ingredients and depth of flavour. This differs to The Barn where our guests can experience the same quality of food and service just in a more rustic setting. At Coworth Park we have the options to suit everyone’s taste! For more information about Restaurant Coworth Park and The Barn, or to book a stay at Coworth Park, visit dorchestercollection.com

I want to enhance Coworth Park’s already fantastic culinary reputation,

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BEYOND BOND STREET When it comes to fine jewellery, MINE celebrates every kind of designer; from homegrown talent to Brazilian craftsmanship, these are the names on our autumn hot list

LUNARIA DIAMOND EARRINGS The delicacy and timeless elegance of Marco Bicego's designs become even more precious thanks to the introduction of the diamonds pavé and white gold elements. 18k yellow gold set with brilliant cut diamond in 18k white gold, POA, marcobicego.com

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laridge’s in Mayfair dazzled as jewellery houses from around the world came together to display a stunning showcase of couture creations. Hosted by jewellery specialist communications agency Facets PR, the Champagne flowed as VIP guests viewed an exhibition of exquisite designs from seven international fine jewellery brands. Emerging designers such as Brazilian-born Lily Gabriella turned heads with highlights from her Czarina and Damali collections, and Sarah Ho London presented a stunning selection, which sat alongside established Italian jewellery houses Roberto Coin and Chimento. Italian luxury jeweller Marco Bicego showcased his textured and bold Unico Lunaria collection, perfectly complementing the designs of leading pearl specialist Yoko London. Bespoke diamond specialist Sand Diamonds offered a stunning assortment of lose stones and eye-catching emeralds, while providing advice on diamonds as investment pieces. What all these designers have in common is that their pieces speak to the heart; each design is crafted to bring pure joy to the wearer. Tempted? Of course you are! Here are MINE’s highlights from this exquisite showcase…

M AY FA I R E A R R I N G S & R I N G Each pearl is handpicked for every design, and creations are intricately crafted to celebrate the captivating beauty of these precious gems. Emerald-cut white diamond earrings and ring set in 18k white gold with natural freshwater pearls, POA, yokolondon.com

EMERALD GARDEN BANGLE Sands Diamonds prides itself on creating stunning custom-made jewellery that celebrates some of the most important stones in the world. Emerald and diamond cuff in 18k white gold, POA, Sands Diamonds

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DAMALI PENDANT Lily Gabriella jewellery is the destination for covetable statement pieces with a contemporary edge, designed for the discerning woman. 18k rose gold pendant set with brilliant cut white diamonds and peridot, POA, lilygabriella.com

PA R A D I S E EARRINGS Sarah Ho London's exquisite Paradise earrings feature scattered diamonds, delicate lacework and conch pearls. 18k white and rose gold with brilliant cut white diamonds and conch pearls, POA, shojewellery.com

BAMBOO COLLECTION Chimento's eye-catching collection of gold pieces set with the finest white diamonds has proven a huge success for the brand and is now part of its core iconic collections. 18k yellow gold set with white brilliant cut diamonds, POA, chimento.it/en

"What all these designers have in common is that their pieces speak to the heart; each design is crafted to bring pure joy to the wearer"

SKYLINE DESIGN RINGS The Fifth Season by Roberto Coin is a line expressing the elegance, tradition and philosophy of Roberto Coin, and perfectly suited for today’s metropolitan dynamism. Sliverplated in rose gold, yellow gold and rhodium plated with coloured gem stones, POA, tfsbyrobertocoin.com

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THE FABULOUS FIVE If you don’t have a holiday bucket list, you should have one, and this is it! Condé Nast Traveller’s Thea Darricotte chooses her most-loved, must-visit hotels from around the globe

Grand Hotel Tr e m e z z o ,

Lake Como, Italy

No one does romance better than the Italians and whatever the occasion, it’s extremely hard to better Lake Como as a destination. Recently I have discovered the Grand Hotel Tremezzo, which is a shocking confession, as it was the very first purpose built hotel on the lake and dates back to 1910! The hotel is located at the very heart of Lake Como, on the Azaleas Riviera. Here classical elements meet the comforts of modernity and the personal touches from the family who own it. In front of the hotel is a floating swimming pool, which rests on the lake itself. There are also breathtaking views of the lake, the green hills that run down to it and of Bellagio, which is easily accessible by the hotel’s vintage boat. Behind the hotel there are thoughtfully planted gardens, fronds of palm trees interlaced with pine, another swimming pool and a tennis court. If you have the budget, the junior suites are highly recommended with their wonderful views and terraces on which you’ll discover a private Jacuzzi. The restaurants serve local produce and you’ll be spoilt for choice; this is definitely not a place to come if you’re watching your weight – the pastry chef is a sensation! Then there is also the award-winning spa, which is housed in a 17th-century villa. The hotel may be steeped in history but with such friendly service and passionate attention to details, it also has a very long future ahead of it.

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The Ritz, London, UK

The Ritz is a star in its own right; it has long been the hotel of preference for leaders of state and royalty, and is so conveniently close to Clarence House and Buckingham Palace, I often wonder if there may even be secret passages running between them, such is the history of the hotel. Fantasy aside, it has to be one of the most beautiful jewel boxes of a hotel in the world. There is something very feminine about the soft pink touches, the gold leaf that is so much in abundance and the elegant Rs adorning the prettiest waste paper bins I’ve ever seen. It is also quintessentially British; tea is served in pretty flowery teapots with matching cups and saucers, and always accompanied by the most mouth-wateringly delicious biscuits, while the restaurant has just been awarded its first Michelin star (chef John Williams OBE at its helm). It’s the timelessness of the hotel that appeals to me, the steady pace of an institution that has seen its fair share of historical events and lived to tell the tale.


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Berkshire, UK

"It’s hard to find somewhere more steeped in decadence than Cliveden"

For those of us without our own English country house, the next best thing is a traditional country hotel, and it’s hard to find somewhere more steeped in decadence than Cliveden. The hotel is a Grade-I stately home with 376 acres of National Trust grounds but despite this, it manages not to be stuffy; the service is very friendly and efficient. Each one of the rooms is named after the personalities who have been part of the hotel's fabulous history (which is vast, although possibly the most prominent is the Profumo scandal of 1961). For magnificent views, book into The Lady Astor Suite. The restaurant and bar are the perfect sets for intrigue with clusters of tables appointed with conspiratorial-seeming chairs and the views over the grounds are vast and impressive. This is a house that has come through its chequered history but has naughtiness in its DNA.

Mandarin Oriental Munich, Munich, Germany

If you want to experience the ultimate Christmas Market, Munich is the place to go. You'll find old-fashioned stalls selling wares from glass baubles to hand-made nutcrackers and traditional biscuits, all best experienced while enjoying a warming mug of glühwein. My favourite hotel in Munich is the Mandarin Oriental, which is conveniently based in the picturesque Old Town, and has recently been refurbished. Here Neo-Biedermeier design is combined with Asian influences such as the Japanese-Peruvian cuisine of chef Nobu Matsuhisa in his new restaurant within the hotel. The Mandarin Oriental really stands out for its service and its friendly acceptance of children. Children are greeted with a welcome gift, and mini slippers and gowns can be provided for them; there are also children’s menus and complimentary bikes and hats should they need some exercise after indulging in all the delicious local cake. Parents will be happy to hear that baby-sitting can be arranged within 24 hours, should they wish to explore the city without the kids, or simply make use of the Turkish steam bath and Finnish sauna at the hotel spa.

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Tucked away in a protected nature reserve and a few minutes' walk from a perfect private beach is one of the world’s most tranquil hotels. Amanyara is a haven for the super sophisticated as well as super stars; Victoria’s Secret shoots its swimwear here, and countless celebrities treat it as their Caribbean home. The hotel’s allure is the completely understated luxury of it all. The architecture is perfectly complimented by spectacular lighting and the breathtaking height of the structures adds light and air, while the food and cocktails are delicious. A note of warning, the rum punch is far too easy to drink; it's quite possible to go from “just one” sun-downer, watching the most impossible seascape (you can actually see the curvature of the earth the expanse is so vast), to staying in the very same seats for the rest of the evening and enjoying the divine bar snacks (the sushi is a must). The spa is a perfect sanctuary after a day in the sun and daily complimentary yoga and pilates classes will keep you in shape should you over indulge on that rum punch!

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Celebrating is a state of mind for ALICE NAYLOR-LEYLAND. Whether she’s throwing a baby shower, home, this model, mother and fashionista knows how to do it with style. As @aliceinherpalace, her include model Arizona Muse, designer Charlotte Olympia and anyone who’s anyone at Vogue. To celebrate

FLAMINGOS SURROUNDED BY A FLORAL ARCHWAY WERE PICTURE PERFECT AT THE 'MRS ALICE FOR FRENCH SOLE' LAUNCH AT ANNABEL'S

Great cocktails

Flowers, flowers, flowers! You can’t have enough flowers at an event. Be brave with your colour and arrangements. It doesn’t always have to be matchy-matchy, so mix it up a bit. Enormous hydrangeas work with tight roses, peonies and foxgloves. You name it. Nature knows no boundaries. I particularly loved it when By Appointment Only Design filled tiny shoes with an array of pastel flowers at Annabel’s or when they wrapped blue and cream hydrangeas around pillars at our home. They are geniuses!

Start the evening on the right note; people so appreciate a good cocktail! Just make sure they are not too strong. I’m a fan of a White Lady (1/3 Cointreau, 1/3 gin, 1/3 fresh lemon juice) or a Bellini, made with Prosecco and fresh peach juice. Delicious!

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WITH NAVAJOĄTHE MINIATURE PONY, WELCOMING GUESTS AT MY 30TH BIRTHDAY PARTY WITH A BASKETFUL OF FLOWERS

'DRINK ME' TAGS AND FLAMINGO STRAWS MAKE THESE COCKTAILS EVEN MORE APPEALING

Animals are always a good idea! Or any thing that makes your party just a little different. Rabbits or reptiles, miniature ponies or monkeys, guests love a novel idea and it's something that will keep your party in their minds for weeks afterwards. I went to a party in Italy years ago and elephants walked down the avenue. I'll never forget it.


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E SS E N T I A L S : a fashion week bash or simply holding a candlelit dinner in the grounds of her stunning country Instagram digits read like a banker’s pay cheque, while some of her followers (and friends) MINE’s one-year anniversary, we give you the ultimate guide to partying, the Mrs Alice way...

Stick to a

OUR HALLOWEEN TABLE IN A BARN THIS YEAR. IN CANDLELIGHT THIS WAS A WONDERFUL PLACE TO CELEBRATE THE SPOOKIEST NIGHT OF THE YEAR!

creative plan. Be it through colour, style, mood or theme – do not go off piste. From your invitations to napkin colour, set the same tone throughout. I find this such a fun element to party planning.

USING NAME NECKLACES AS PLACEMENTS. (IT TOOK A LOT OF PLANNING BUT IT WAS WORTH IT!)

Placement is annoyingly vital. For everybody to have a good evening, take time over it. Really think about who works well with who and what new relationships (romantic or not!), can be forged. A badly planned placement is a party-ruiner. MY 30TH BIRTHDAY: I LOVE THE MIX OF THE PINEAPPLE MENU CARDS WITH THE GOLD NECKLACES, TEA LIGHTS AND FLOWERS IN ABUNDANCE

Monogram anything you can. From matches, napkins, biscuits and necklaces. I’ve done it all. As my mother says, ‘If it’s not moving, monogram it!’ My personal favourite was having name necklaces made as place settings for the girls at a recent a party.

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Your menu is important. Don’t overcomplicate things. It’s better to have a good, simple menu as opposed to a mediocre fussy foam-y mess. Canapés should be generous to make sure people don’t peak too early. A hungry guest is never a good thing.


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Ask a good friend to be your wingman as the party approaches. It’s useful to have somebody there on the evening who has been involved in the plans throughout to help with any last-minute placement disasters, outfit malfunctions or organisational catastrophe. I asked my friend Olivia Buckingham to do this for my 30th, and she was totally indispensable. Especially when the stuffed giraffe arrived and calmly dealt with the small issue of it not fitting in the marquee. I suppose above all he/she just keeps you at your calmest.

PARTY BAGS ARE ALWAYS FUN AND GIVE YOU A CHANCE TO MONOGRAM TO THE MAX! YOU CAN SEE BESPOKE FORTNUM & MASON TEA POPPING OUT OF THESE LITTLE GINGHAM BAGS

Size of venue should always err on the small side. Make your guests feel intimate and secure in the room you’ve rented, marquee you’ve erected or stable you’ve transformed. A space that’s too big makes the party feel empty – and don’t forget 1/4 of your guests will leave after dinner anyway, so you want to allow for this.

FOR THIS PARTY, BY APPOINTMENT ONLY DESIGN PLACED FLOWERS INSIDE SHOES! GLITTER GLASSES, MONOGRAMMED BAGS AND ROSES ARE ALWAYS A GOOD COMBO

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Photograph everything!

Lastly...

List the things and people you need photographing before the evening. It’s the worst when you’ve put all that effort in to the organising the event and then it’s over without a trace of evidence. However big or small your party, you want to remember it. You don’t even need a professional photographer. I often ask my sister, Doll, to snap away on her phone at our parties. She doesn’t miss a thing, and one is so grateful afterwards.

Enjoy yourself and RELAX. I know it sounds obvious but your guests can feel it if you’re stressed and running around like a headless chicken. If you’re nervous, a drink will calm you down but also remember the night will be over before you know it, and you don’t want all that hard work and months of planning to be wasted. When I was younger and planning my wedding, I was less relaxed about the little mishaps that happened on the day. I remember minding about what the table number signs looked like. Really!!??? Crazy. Let it go. Just relax and dance the night away.


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BOTTEGA Bottega Veneta’s Tomas Maier and his band of elite noses have dreamed up an exquisite olfactory experience with the brand’s latest perfume collection of six stunning fragrances, Parco Palladiano. By Astrid Joss

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es, I felt very ‘fashion’ darling, strolling through the Bottega headquarters in Vicenza, northeast Italy. Did you know that the Bottega brand isn’t only frightfully fabulous but also, well, really quite pristine? Villa Schroeder-Da Porto – the grand 18th-century palazzo that houses the brand’s workshops – has perfect white floors and walls, as well as immaculately turned out employees, alongside the skilled artisans making those knot clutches and bags we all covet. (I also want it noted that they are all dressed in the most stylish hand-stitched cottons aprons that I have ever seen!) Cue the man behind all this perfection, creative director Tomas Maier. Like so many at the forefront of his industry, he is a genius. A genius with an absolute adoration for architecture, which infiltrates the brand at every level, from its leather goods right through to its latest perfume collection, Parco Palladiano. Thanks to Maier’s creative vision, combined with his blueprint precision, the collection is a perfume connoisseur’s dream. Employing some of the best

perfumers in the land – Daniela Andrier, Michel Almairac, and Alexis Dadier – each scent wants for nothing. Andrier (the German nose behind Gucci Rush, Gucci Envy, Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche, Marni Marni, Miu Miu, pretty much every scent Prada has ever launched, and Bottega Veneta Knot), tells me the joy of working for Maier was the fantastic supply of rare and luxury ingredients at her disposal. Dadier (the French nose behind Givenchy’s Ambre Tigre and Thierry Mulgler’s Mirror Mirror), says Maier’s “clear and definite vision of the collection” gave an inspired strength during its creation. What Maier, ultimately, requested from his A-team was six scents, rousing the grandeur and beauty of the Palladian gardens of the Veneto region, each one created to capture the ambience and sensations that this Italian paradise would evoke at different moments of the day. Maier requested that all three perfumers pitch for each of the six fragrances; he then chose his favourite, assigning the best person to each scent. So, what inventive and evocative fragrances did the best noses in the business come up with? Turn the page and step into the Bottega fantasy for yourself…

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TH E JOURNEY TO PA R CO PA L L A D IA N O Discover the story behind each of Bottega’s six new scents

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“I don’t think magnolia has ever been dealt with in such intensity, so I’m extremely proud of this,” declares perfumer Michel Almairac. A rather punchy statement from the French man who created some of the most famous fragrances to date for brands such as Acqua di Parma, Giorgio Armani, Burberry and Chloé. “It is such a delicate flower – the moment you touch it, it turns black, oxidising very quickly in the sun and fading away.” For this reason, he explains, it is best captured first thing in the morning. Almairac goes on to tell me that its deeply sensitive nature means its essence cannot be extracted, so must be re-created through a blend of accords. He chose the woodiness of bark with the dewy wetness of the sweet petals and leathery leaves, resulting in a truly desirable and floral feminine scent, doing this magnificent flower justice.

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It is now late morning, the sun is high in the sky, bright and light. The cypress tree, symbolic of the rolling Italian countryside, stands proud and tall in the gardens. “I felt this was an interesting plant to make into a fragrance, as there is a very close link between the tree and Palladium architecture. The shape is similar to the pillars of the villas,” says Alexis Dadier, who was the force behind fragrances II and IV of the collection. This bright, green scent includes juniper berries and sharp pink pepper to reinforce its freshness. “It’s the kind of moment, mid-morning, when you sit down to enjoy your espresso, full of energy for what the day promises,” says Dadier.

Daniela Andrier tells me of an imaginary early afternoon promenade, where you smell the scent of an over-ripe pear fallen from the tree into the herb garden, and crushed underfoot. Together we sit, we smell, we contemplate, there is silence… and calm. The cool mint combined with the sweetness of fruits signals a kind of melancholic childhood memory of late summer, where everything is coming to an end and autumn is on the horizon. “We don’t live in these places any more,” she sighs, referring to the Palladian gardens she dreams this scent is from, “but we can imagine them alive.”

“It’s the end of the day and there is a rich and heady scent coming from clouds of azalea, mixed in with the earthy warmth rising from the ground. At this time of day, the smell of all the garden’s flowers combine to create a scent so fragrant it is almost overwhelming,” says Alexis Dadier. The azalea is rarely used in perfumery but as Dadier says, “It is more of an impressionist vision, an experience, and a moment in time,” that he has created. Combined with vanilla and chestnut, it is creamy and velvety, reminiscent of the sweet warmth of summer.

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Andrier returns to take us for an afternoon walk through an aromatic herb garden, filled with laurel, rosemary and sage. “I don’t like doing clichéd fragrances,” she explains, saying that when you unite trends in scents, people follow it like bees to honey, because they are attracted to them based on familiarity. Instead, she wanted to create something highlighting both the garden’s elegance and imperfections, bringing out the emotions of this “majestic place”. The warm woody accords blended with the cool, crisp herbs do just this.

It’s now the end of the day. The most beautiful rose is picked from the garden and taken inside to adorn the house, ready for the evening – allowing the garden to still take centre stage. Here Almairac collaborated with perfumer Mylène Alran to produce the most romantic of all the fragrances. “The rose is sun drenched, having soaked up the warm golden light all day,” says Alran, which gives it its beauty and sets it apart from other rose scents. Cinnamon and spice are added to enrich it. Parco Palladiano collection, £190 for 100ml EDP, harrods.com

I rather suspect (and hope) that my fashionable olfactory adventure has achieved exactly what the brilliant Mr Maier wished for – leaving me both enlightened and educated on the true beauty behind the brand. More over, Parco Palladiano is a clever, charming, yet subtle reflection of Bottega’s incredible legacy, which lies not just in the fabulous shop fronts we see dotted around the world’s most fashionable cities, but deep in the heart of the beautiful Italian countryside.

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ARTIST Behold the young Saudi designer who was brave enough to venture beyond the safe realms of fashion and in to the sublime. Astrid Joss meets Ashi, and finds herself utterly charmed…

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fter five attempts, I finally get Mr Ashi on the telephone. The man behind the eponymous label Ashi Studio is a man in demand. And once I get him on the other end of the line, I don't want to hang up. He is an absolute delight. Shy, private, yet so funny and full of thought – like his designs – he is not easily passed by. Already an acclaimed couturier in his thirties, with a staff of 120 in his wake, like any success story, it begs the question, how much luck had a hand in it? Following our chat, it would seem none. With a quiet and calm self belief, Ashi has managed to turn the heads of the biggest names in the industry, including Anna Wintour and Franca Sozzani, Editor-in-Chief of Italian Vogue, with only his raw talent to thank and some (very) heavy workloads. We’re talking 24/7, no-sleep shifts. So, did he always know this was his destiny? "At 11 years old I was secretly asking people to buy Vogue from abroad for me, and skipping school to watch fashion shows on TV," Ashi confesses. A brave move for a young boy from Saudi Arabia who knew that the concept of being a fashion designer was 'taboo'. "I identified with the creations of McQueen, Lacroix and Galliano, and was soon buying fabric and cutting and wearing my own designs. I was a mini shop-a-holic! I was always longing for that next must-have item down at the mall!" Fast forward to his twenties, with a stint at fashion school in Milan and Paris behind him; Ashi graduated from NYU with a marketing degree, then obtained an honours degree from the prestigious ESMOD

From the Apollo Chasing Daphne collection, fall/winter 2016: sculpted one-shoulder dress in velvet and tulle skirt

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M I N E ADVERTO R IAL Hand-embroidered mulletlength voluminous dress in silk tulle, POA ABOVE LEFT Handembroidered high-neck dress in tulle with a long silk tulle voluminous cape, POA. Both from the Apollo Chasing Daphne collection, fall/winter 2016

"I saw Eva Longoria at the Grammys in one of my dresses and I thought, 'OK, wow, This is good!'" School of Fashion in Beirut. After this, a job at Elie Saab, first place on Project Runway Middle East, and an internship at Givenchy Paris under Riccardo Tisci – and this was just the beginning! With a burning passion, he went out on his own at 25, turning his house into an atelier. He put up a picture on Facebook of one of his designs and everything went bang. Hollywood stylists got in touch, as did Middle Eastern princesses who wanted to dress in Ashi couture. "I was watching the Grammys one day and I saw Eva Longoria wearing one my dresses, and I thought, 'OK, wow. This is good!'" Yet Ashi is nothing but humble in the face of his own fashion fairytale. "The turning point for me was when Franca Sozzani called me and requested I go to Milan to see her. A plane ticket was sent, and that was it." Sozzani took him under her wing, introducing him to fashion royalty, and the seed was sown. "I got a big push of encouragement from all of them." Yet it was bitter-sweet, as back in Beirut they were not ready for his rather particular aesthetic. Though Beirut was fast becoming the Middle East’s fashion

capital, Ashi's was a revolution in terms of style and branding, and anything beyond the norm was incomprehensible. "Those in the know understood and appreciated my work and vision, but to those who didn’t… what I did was almost a mystery and I had to push against this." While many would want to run and hide, Ashi ran towards the fight. As he says, in fashion ‘one has to take risks’ and for Mr Ashi his trade is pure art, not to be tampered with. Architectural and theatrical, Ashi’s flamboyant style is most certainly an art form, reminding me of those fabulous outfits that were worn in the Tudor and Elizabethan times when people really knew how to dress. He is known for being fond of white, as it shows up the beautiful embroidery he uses, though in recent collections he has leaned more towards taupes and faint blacks, "as at the end of the day, I’m not a bridal designer". Ironically, it’s his signature stiff structure that he was criticised for in the early days that give his clientele the red-carpet wow factor. "One wrinkle and I can’t stand it!" he muses, "but

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it's effective – and I have guests return from weddings saying, 'The wedding was all about me, not the bride!'" Most charmingly he hangs onto his privacy with the same vigour that others chase fame. Indeed, this is the first time he’s agreed to release his own portrait. As he explains, he was private when he was young, chasing a dream that he never envisaged would take him this far, why should anything change? His dresses are the ones in the limelight; the stars of the Ashi movie. They can remain that way. Again he references a part of fashion he feels at odds with – the fact that globalisation and mass media has lead to a toxic obsession with fame. "I admire those old-school couturiers like Christian Dior. In the early days, the focus was on their creations, not the person behind it." One can only agree with his sentiments. As I bid my final adieu, Ashi hits me with the rather exciting bombshell that he is ‘considering’ a ready-to-wear line. Music to my ears – I’m already front of the queue. Visit ashistudio.com


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The Vidal family – of perfume brand The Merchant of Venice – has created a stunning new fragrance that's as alluring as it is rich in history. Astrid Joss travelled to Shakespeare's Italy and discovered that, thanks to the Vidal heritage, a rose by any other name couldn’t possibly smell as sweet…

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enice: exquisite, glorious, enchanting, sensational… and 20 million tourists a year’s idea of perfection. Today, I happen to be one of them. For me, Venice is the ultimate culture fix, as well as the only place in the world where you can feel full of romance without the need of another present. A virtual ‘outdoor museum’ appearing to be miraculously built on water, held together by a labyrinth of canals, where roads and cars are dismissed for gondolas, and you’re always only a bridge away from a stunning Gothic square… a church, a wine bar, a museum, a boutique, or something reminiscent of a scene from Shakespeare. The great American playwright Truman Capote wasn’t wrong when he described it like ‘eating an entire box of chocolate liqueurs all in one go’. It’s deliciously addictive. Would I now shock you to declare that I don't believe that this is the city's true allure? So much

more than beautiful architecture, it dazzles thanks to its history, namely the Venetians themselves. These are the people who designed it in all its breath-taking glory, and then built it from scratch. During the Middle Ages, while the Florentines where known as the great thinkers of Europe, the Venetians were heralded as the ‘doers’. They made things happen, like Venice, with a fantastic supply of creativity and wealth at their disposal. Having been allowed to create its own social and political institutions – making it the most liberal state in Europe – artists and art forms flourished. Indeed, it was here that the art of perfumery was born in Europe. Venetians had an insatiable appetite for all things relating to their appearance; combine this with the fact that their maritime trade routes extended as far as Asia and Africa – enabling locals to acquire exotic raw materials – and the love story between Venetians and beauty products began. No surprise that by the 1500s, the city was the central force in perfumery throughout the world, and the main distributer of perfumes, soaps and rouge.

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Joséphine [Bonaparte] gifted Lucia Mocenigo (right) with a rare Chinese rose, which eventually made its way back to Venice

NOBIL HOMO COLLECTION From left: Esperidi Water, Dalmatian Sage, and Sultan Leather, eau de parfum, £120 for 100ml, The Merchant of Venice at houseoffraser.co.uk

Fast forward to late July of this year: the sun is setting on the Jewish quarter and I’m clip-clopping around in some very high Jimmy Choos through the back streets with friends on my way to dinner. Just as we think we’re lost, a tall, elegant man appears from nowhere. And cue my real-life Shakespearean moment. It’s the legendary Mr Vidal, whose family has been involved in perfumery for over a century in Venice. I’m introduced by mutual friends and that’s it! It suddenly hits me. He is part of Venice’s original crew! His family basically built Venice. They virtually brought and developed perfume to Europe. He is Venetian royalty. So I do my best to keep calm and carry on clip-clopping along as he

very knowingly guides us to our destination, without breaking sweat. Seeing as the history of perfume was conceived in Venice, it’s rather fortunate for all the perfume lovers out there that the Vidal family has dug deep into its heritage, and recognised the need for a cultural luxury brand to reflect the uniqueness of this spellbinding place, delivering to us The Merchant of Venice. Seductive, fresh and beautiful, nothing expresses the refinement of this more than the brand's Murano Collection, including six different eau de parfums, whose raw ingredients include those that the merchants who sailed the ‘Mude’ trade routes to the Orient and back through Mediterranean seas expertly selected themselves, magically taking us back to the Renaissance era in a heartbeat. My favourite is the new and fabulous Rosa Moceniga fragrance, named after Lucia Mocenigo. The story of its origin is nothing short of romantic – just like the great city itself. Lucia was a Venetian noble lady, who resided in Paris in 1813 to oversee her son’s French education. While there she befriended Joséphine Bonaparte, Napoleon’s wife and a renowned rose ‘obsessive’. Joséphine gifted Lucia with a rare Chinese rose, which eventually made its way back

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to Venice to grow and flourish, despite some surrounding drama. (Is it possible for a rose to create drama? Well, yes, this is Italy after all!) In fact, the Mocenigo rose has an entire book written about it, Chasing The Rose by Andrea di Robilant – and now, thanks to The Merchant of Venice, a fragrance too. The sweet-scented fruity aroma of the rose included in the scent – along with fresh Sicilian lime, blackcurrant leaves, magnolia, lotus flower, musk, cedar wood, vanilla and amber crystal – gives a lavish, bright and rich rose essence. As custodians of the history of perfumery, the Vidal family see the The Merchant of Venice as almost a cultural responsibility, merging its rich, colourful and intense Venetian history into a modern day olfactory affair. If this wasn’t enough, they took a further jump by restoring the Mocenigo Palace (Lucia’s family home), and simultaneously launching it as Venice’s Perfume Museum. A multi-sensory experience, visitors can view original instruments, texts, and a curious collection of phials and bottles, including objects dating back 2000 BC. But why all the fuss, at the end of the day, about a fragrance, a brand and even a rose? Why do we all get so excited about scent? Because as anyone will tell you, it makes one ‘feel’, and in feeling, we think. As Shakespeare said himself, “Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind.” For more information and stockists, visit themerchantofvenice.net


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When one of London's leading five-star hotels joins forces with beauty royalty, it's a spa experience like no other…

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HAPPY FEET Book in to the new Margaret Dabbs London Foot Clinic & Nail Spa at Corinthia Hotel London; corinthiahotel london.com

un, don't walk, to the fantastic new Margaret Dabbs Foot Clinic & Nail Spa at the Espa Life Spa, within Corinthia Hotel London. As the queen of podiatry, Margaret has an innovative approach to foot, hand and nail care – and whether you want a full-on medi pedi or a speedy paint and polish, a qualified member of the team – trained by Margaret herself – will see to your every need. The new clinic offers both Corinthia guests and visitors the chance to experience the full range of Margaret Dabbs London treatments, including her signature Medical Pedicure, as well as Bunion Prevention Therapy, Biomechanical Assessments and Fungal Nail Laser Therapy. Margaret's award-winning products are used in all treatments to give your feet and hands a total overhaul, and her new enriched nail polishes complement the anti-aging approach on which her treatments are focussed. A pioneer in the industry, Margaret is always striving for excellence, and this venture is no different. “I have always wanted to bring highquality treatments and products for hands and feet to the forefront of the beauty market. When Corinthia Hotel London approached us to launch our first clinic in a hotel spa, we jumped at the chance to showcase our products and services in such an illustrious spa.” Set in the most opulent yet intimate and relaxing of environments, with white leather chairs, swathes of bronze silk and marble floors, it is hands down the most glamorous foot spa and nail bar in London.

From left: Foot Hygiene Cream; Nail and Cuticle Serum; Foot Oil; Foot Lotion; Foot File; Foot Soak, all Margaret Dabbs London; margaretdabbs.co.uk

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FR AG R ANCE LOUIS VUITTON DANS LA PEAU, £180

BYREDO UNNAMED, £135

The inimitable butter-soft beige leather used to craft Louis Vuitton bags, accessories and luggage has been harnessed as a perfume note in this sexy fragrance. Dans La Peau, which means ‘In the Skin’, replicates the trembling friction of warm skin against skin, moving together, enveloping each other and symbiotically fusing as one – so no one can tell where your own scent starts and where the perfume finishes. Laced within are hints of apricot and jasmine, with opulent musk and a note of narcissus that’s almost hypnotic in its fullness.

Imagine the perfume equivalent of a tinted moisturiser: sheer, clean and soft, with a gentle wash of imperceptible colour. Byredo Unnamed is that second skin you’ve always dreamt of – an uncomplicated fall-back that goes with everything. Top notes of gin and pink pepper provide a luminous shimmer, then it all sinks into pores with light, creamy orris and violet, while a tree-sap sweetness brings reassuring comfort. And guess what? It comes with a sheet of transfer letters, so you can call it anything you want. The ultimate bespoke fit.

NUDE AWAKENING Human, naked, bare… the latest fragrance trend channels your most sensual asset: your skin. By Alice du Parcq

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ACQUA DI PA R M A PEONIA NOBILE, £76

ome of the sexiest and most flattering clothes, make-up and hairstyles aren’t the ones that are placed upon you, but the ones that melt into you. The softened suede trench, the slightly smudged eyeliner, the casually tousled hair: they feel seductive and luxurious because they’re the closest textures to your own body. What if you could find a fragrance that did the same? ‘Liquid skin’ has emerged as the most sensuous new trend in perfumery, emulating the warmth of naked, bare flesh and the intimate glow brought on by our most carnal state. Using animalic and provocative notes enables a perfumer to bring a draping, embracing, and almost human quality to a fragrance. From creamy woods, smooth leather and suggestive ripened fruit to waxy, engorged white petals and narcotic musks, these heavy molecules sit deep inside the skin and linger for hours, morphing into a scent that smells of you, only better. The following sultry eaux evoke delicious, fleshy warmth – but be warned, they are dangerously addictive.

Lovers of pure, unadulterated pink petals are about to be enticed by a seductive new temptress. This voluptuous peony scent retains all the outdoors-y qualities of freshly cut blooms, but with added swirls of musk, spicy black pepper, velvety amber and sumptuous geranium, which cling to the skin. Altogether, this soft, melting floral feels naturally synergetic to your body, delivering the perfect mix of elegant and erotic.

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FR AG R ANCE ORMONDE JAYNE ONE PA R F U M F O R SELFRIDGES, £235

GUERLAIN NEROLI OUTRENOIR, £165 Usually thought of as innocent, sweet and clean, this is neroli but not as you know it. Imagine this delicate little white flower has been swept off to a masked ball, her virginal dress peeled off her shoulders, then naively led into a hedonistic honey pot of writhing bodies and aphrodisiac delicacies. Tempting vanilla, plumes of smoky tea, melting tonka bean and glowing, throbbing amber add an addictive and inviting backdrop that isn’t just kissable, it’s almost edible.

When founder Linda Pilkington was invited to create a bespoke perfume for the luxury department store Selfridges, her goal was to use only her favourite, most exquisite, decadent and wildly expensive ingredients. The result is a rich and spicy gender-free elixir including cardamom, freesia and jasmine, with a rich base of sensual ambergris, sandalwood and cedar wood. This long-lasting composition smells wanton, precious and private, like supple evening skin under a couture gown.

BOTTEGA V E N E TA E A U SENSUELLE E D P, £ 5 2 Inspired by the blush glow of the late afternoon sunlight bathing a woman’s skin, this perfume is unabashedly naive and feminine, playful and teasing, like a silk dressing gown slipping provocatively off a suntanned thigh. The opening peach note is mouth-watering, inviting and delectable, then a velvety and slightly powdery suede accord pulls you into a nuzzling embrace.


FR AG R ANCE FREDERIC MALLE DANS TES BRAS, £160 Dans Tes Bras (In Your Arms) suggests skin flushed with lovers’ secrets and intimate whispers. Powdery violet, relaxing incense and pillowy heliotrope deliver a hazy sense of comfort and familiarity. And the smooth, milky cashmeran and sandalwood create a base that lasts for hours, cosseting every inch of you like warm, softened bedsheets.

K I L I A N V O U L E Z-V O U S COUCHER AVEC MOI, £215 There is nothing more provocative in perfumery than the floral trivector of gardenia, tuberose and ylang ylang: the rich, creamy petals have an almost narcotic, steamy effect. With edible vanilla notes and sensual rose, this is an evening eau that lets your skin do the talking.

H E R M È S G A L O P, £ 1 8 3 Supple calfskin leather stars in this spectacularly carnal scent, combined with rich rose and hot saffron. Emulating the soft, warm seat of a riding saddle against naked flesh, this is a perfume that sinks deep into you and never lets go, creating a wild, free, animalic aura around you and scenting your skin with a deliciously decadent drape of luxury.

BULGARI ROSE GOLDEA, £74 Rose gold jewellery has a universally flattering effect: closer to skin colour than yellow gold or silver, its blush tones glint like glowing pulse points. To replicate this, Bulgari's gently oriental floral perfume opens with fleshy, quenching pomegranate, silky rose and sensual jasmine, then clings on with creamy sandalwood and resinous frankincense.

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JO LOVES SMOKED P LU M & L E AT H E R , £65

The bewitching, passionate spirit of flamenco has been captured in this magnificent scent that whisks you to a hedonistic party of beautiful bodies, dressed in wild gowns, with fiery tempers to match. Red rose petals and jammy raspberries collide with smoky, sultry vanilla and flashes of radiant amber, and a caramelised base of leather and cottoncandy coats your skin in an addictive all-night veil.

Wild horses, smoky fire-pits, saddle leather; Jo Malone has captured the anticipation and adventure of a Montana ranch in this beguiling new perfume, which combines the heat of the sun as it hits the saddle with earthy, dusty spices and woods, and heady notes of aged cognac and sweet plum liqueur. Given the rich, deep nature of the scent, it melts into the skin like you’ve spent the night in the strong, naked arms of a beautiful cowboy.

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H OW TO DO BEAUTY NOW For an autumn/ winter look that's as on point as it is super simple, check out MINE's backstage beauty report. You're only a few products away from perfection… EDI T E D BY ZAHRAA AL- NAJJAR

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Although dark lips are standard beauty fare for autumn/winter, but this season witnesses a very dark and dramatic take on the gothinspired lip. Dior's Make-up Creative Director, Peter Philips, embraced the theme with a deep purple glossy lip by using Rouge Dior Lipstick in Poison 962. Dark-stained berry lips were also seen at MaxMara, Bottega Veneta, Erdem, Rodarte and Louis Vuitton.

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Choose Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base, £34, Burberry Beauty at uk.burberry.com for radiant skin. Finish with Guerlain’s award-winning Météorites Pearls Powder, £41.50, selfridges.com.

BYE-BYE CONTOURING …hello, fresh, dewy skin! Complexions have become less defined and more natural this season, with a subtle flushed/ cold skin cheek. Make-up artist Pat McGrath kept the face clean for Valentino and added white highlights to the inner eye area at Stella McCartney. This trend was also spotted at Dolce & Gabbana, Marchesa and Ralph Lauren.

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Use Eton Moi Velvet Matte Lip Colour, £65, Christian Louboutin Beauty at selfridges.com to get that intense, purple berry colour. To add more drama, use a glossy lipstick, like Chantecaille’s Lip Chic in Violetta, £30, spacenk.com

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Use Show's Premiere Working Texture Spray, £30, selfridges. com to style your hair. Accessorise with Alexander McQueen’s silverplated, Swarovski crystal and pearl hair slide, £245, net-a-porter.com

LOVE IN THE HAIR

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN

Take a maximalist approach to your hair this season by adding jewel pins and accessories for a romantic and decadent result. Hairstylist Guido randomly placed pieces of jewellery throughout roughtextured hair at the McQueen show. Antonio Corral Calero at Marchesa created pretty knotted hair buns at the nape of models' necks, while others rocked full-on jewelled crowns.

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ALBERTA FERRETI

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ALBERTA FERRETTI

The eyes have it this autumn with intense black and smudgy liners. Make-up artist Diane Kendal created a smudgy, lived-in look for Alberta Ferretti. Aaron De Mey did the same for Chloé. The look was also spotted backstage at Nicole Miller, Pucci, Versace and Monique Lhuillier.

GET THE LOOK

Couture Eye Marker, £23.50, Yves Saint Laurent at selfridges.com gives a bold and buildable colour. To get the smoky effect, use Bobbi Brown’s Smudge Brush, £24.50, bobbibrown.co.uk

GLITTER SPLASH

The good news is that you don’t have to wait for the holidays to wear glitter. Make-up artist Wendy Rowe gave the girls at Burberry glitter teardrops by sprinkling a little under the corners of their eyes and across their cheekbones, while artist Val Garland at Giambattista Valli used glitter to highlight the brows.

Go with Giorgio Armani Beauty’s Eyes To Kill Intense Eyeshadow, £27, harveynichols. com (below right) for a lightweight yet rich shimmering eye colour. Or Estée Lauder X Victoria Beckham Eye Metal in Bitter Clove, £36, victoriabeckham. com for a full-on shimmer finish.

BURBERRY

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S NAP S H OTS

STROKE OF GENIUS GIAMBATTISTA VALLI

This season make-up artists stepped way over the line… Tom Pecheux paid homage to Chanel’s signature quilted pattern in smoky eye form, while Peter Philips used neon colours to create artsy shapes around the eyes at Fendi.

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FENDI

Recreate Fendi’s bright artsy shapes by using Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon in Lollipop, £19, harrods.com or By Terry's Line Designer in Ocean Vibes, £27, spacenk,com.

PEACH BUZZ

BCBG

A touch of spring was spotted backstage with peachy shades added to eyes and lips. Make-up artist Diane Kendal applied peach all over the lids at Prabal Gurung. At Nina Ricci and BCBG, it was applied to the eyes and lips.

GET THE LOOK Use Tom

Ford’s Pink Haze Eye Colour Cream, £30, harrods.com for the eyes and Estée Lauder’s Genuine Glow Blushing Crème For Lips And Cheeks in Peachy Keen, £19, esteelauder.co.uk to create a mono-colour look on the skin.


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NATURAL BROWS Although big brows are still in, the trend is moving away from precision shaping. Instead, it's time to un-tame your brows and embrace your natural contours, as seen at Jenny Packham, Nina Ricci and Balmain.

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NINA RICCI

Keep your brows conditioned, fuller and healthier with Benefit’s BROWVO! Conditioning Eyebrow Primer, £21.50; follow with Goof Proof Brow Pencil, £18.50, benefitcosmetics.com for effortless filling.

This fall calls for chunky spider lashes, applied to both upper and lower lashes. Done by Peter Philips at Dior and also spotted backstage at Ryan Lo, Nina Ricci, Jason Wu and Carven.

GET THE LOOK

Givenchy’s Noir Couture Mascara, £25, harrods.com and the peptide-infused So Curl Mascara, £39, sisleyparis.com (far left) both give the perfect curl and thickness; add a few layers until you achieve clumpy imperfect lashes.

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SUITE thing Looking for the ultimate luxury city escape? Look no further than a decadent suite at the five-star Corinthia Hotel London. Beautiful, sophisticated and impossibly elegant, once you check in, you might never want to check out‌

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ffortlessly stylish and beautifully modern; we can only be talking about the Corinthia Hotel London. Positioned on the Embankment with grand views of the Thames, it has fast become international A-listers' London home from home. The seven penthouse suites offer guests a step beyond the luxury suite experience, and more of a super-luxe London residence with all the convenience of a five-star hotel. We adore The Hamilton Penthouse (pictured), named after the Georgian socialite Emma, Lady Hamilton. This exquisitely feminine residence is as refined as she was, boasting incredible views of Trafalgar Square and Nelson’s Column (her lover), in the near distance. The 2205sqft suite set over two floors offers a sanctuary in the heart of the city. Be it business or pleasure, guests will want for nothing. The 24-hour butler service, complimentary chauffeur and unpacking service are just some of our favourite things. The subtle and elegant champagne and ivory palette, featuring silks, marbles and bespoke furniture, creates an air of splendour, while the high-end technology exude fine living. The roof terrace – with open fire, vitality pool and jaw-dropping views – offers the ultimate place to entertain and relax in all seasons, or make use of the decorative dining room, butler’s kitchen and extensive private wine list. In the marble bedroom a freestanding Apaiser stone bath beckons while the walk-in wardrobe makes you feel as though you're in a movie; throughout the suite, silk wallpaper, tailored couture upholstery and fresh flowers celebrate decadence at its best. We heart The Hamilton.

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HOM E FR AG R ANCE

BURN, BABY, BURN Late-night parties, exotic travels, stately homes – scent has the power to transform and transport to evocative realms. And the most indulgent way to imbue scent on cold winter nights is via candlelight. By Jessica Diner

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ot all of us are so fortunate as to have a crackling log fire for that cosy warmth and ambience we all crave come the colder months. And while the smell of a log hearth is more than pleasing to some, the moodenhancing qualities of candlelight combined with a fine fragrance is just as, if not more, enchanting. It was this mood that the Creative Director of By Appointment Only Perfume, Javier Salvador, set out to capture when he crafted his own collection of candles and home fragrances. A range that would not only provide beautiful ambience, but also fragrances that would jolt the senses, and transport you to another place and time. “As event stylists and florists [By Appointment Only Design], we are conscious of how a space should be scented. This collection was inspired by rooms we have worked in, and the memories evoked in them, as well as our love and passion for flowers,” he explains. The result is nine exquisite candles (£55 each) encased in Italian crystal whiskey glasses, alongside perfume oil diffusers in crystal decanters (£150 for 700ml).

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Highlights among these scented showpieces include Great Hall, a smoky, woody scent inspired by the smoldering fire at Great Fosters, an Elizabethan hotel where Javier and the team helped plan a wedding; and Cutting Room, an elegant fragrance filled with gardenia, tuberose and green leaf, evoking the big floral bouquets you smell in the cutting rooms of stately homes. Panelled Hall is a musky scent brightened with lemon and violets, that is nostalgic of long winding halls of great houses. While Drawing Room was inspired by a wedding at Stapleford Park for Middle Eastern clients, where the roses from the arrangements infused with the oud worn by guests. Javier’s personal favourites? “Powder Room – it evokes a special memory for me; it reminds me of my childhood, sitting under my mother’s hairdryer – the old-fashioned kind you used to see in salons – and watching her get ready to go out to a dinner party. I'm also very fond of The Snug and Prayer Room; darker, moodier scents have their place, and these two wrap around you like a hug!” he enthuses. Light a match and you too can have an instant olfactory hug.


"This collection was inspired by rooms we have worked in [as event stylists and florists], as well as our love and passion for flowers"

THE SHOWSTOPPERS

The Snug diffuser, £200 for 700ml, and candle, £70, both from By Appointment Only Perfume: features mandarin, cassis, cardamom, jasmine, lily, clove, amber, patchouli, musk, vetivert, sandalwood, vanilla, and oud. Available at byappointmentonlyperfume. com and The Corinthia Hotel Boutique, London

JAVIER SALVADOR, BY APPOINTMENT O N LY P E R F U M E

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BURNING DESIRE

THE FESTIVE FANTASY With its zesty scent, Jo Malone London’s Orange Bitters Christmas Candle evokes a winter cocktail; a dash of sweet citrus set on a base of bitter orange, sandalwood and amber. Mouth-wateringly good; £120, jomalone.co.uk

A SONG IN A JAR

Fairytale of New York pays homage to The Pogues' iconic 'love' song of the same name. Charged with anger, love and tenderness, it features notes of blood orange, saffron, patchouli, musk, mimosa and amber; £40, bellafreud.com

THE COMFORT BLANKET

Let Cire Trudon’s Gabriel candle be the angel of your evening with enveloping notes of cashmere wood, moss, cedar, musk and patchouli. If warmth had a scent, this would be it; £70, net-a-porter.com

T H E U LT I M AT E LU X U R Y

The best of the rest…

THE JOURNEY

T H E V I N T A G E C H O I C E

Now you can burn, as well as wear, six of Tom Ford's most celebrated scents – Neroli Porto no, Café Rose, White Suede, Tuscan Leather, Tobacco Vanille and Oud Wood. Sexy. As. Hell; £165 each, harrods.com

A new launch for Dover Street Market and Mr Porter, Buly 1803 candles feature carved marble bases and glass bell jars to protect the wax. Beautifully irresistible; £132 each; doverstreetmarket.com and mrporter.com

THE DREAM

THE EXOTIC ENCAPSULATED

Smoked Plum & Leather is the new candle from Jo Loves, inspired by Jo riding out on horses in Montana and then coming home to a roaring re at the end of the day. Live vicariously though the essences released; £110, joloves.com

Cinnamon and orange – the scents of the festive season, and also the pillars behind the fragrance for this exotic Ceremonial Indian Elephant candle. A truly exotic take on Christmas; £49, halcyondays.co.uk

THE GAME OF SCENT

THE ICE EFFECT

Rich with notes of rum and wood, The Billard Room of Jean-Jacques might sound like something from Cluedo but, in fact, evokes late-night drinking in the games room of a grand house in Brittany; £34, Lola James Harper at selfridges.com

The scent of a forest dusted with fresh snow has been imagined and captured by 'nose extraordinaire' Roja Dove in his Christmas Snow candle. Featuring notes of thyme, cinnamon, cedarwood and pine fir balsam; £95, Roja Dove at selfridges.com

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Go on a voyage of discovery with Guerlain's range of candles inspired by destinations, including Sumatra Forest, Venetian Boudoir, Tahitian Tales, Indian Woods, Russian Winter and Parisian Pot Pourri; £57 each; guerlain.com

THE ICON

Feu de Cheminee in just one highlight from Mizensir's Winter collection. Created by Alberto Morillas, he of cK One fame, this dramatic and aromatic candle brilliantly captures the essence of the season; £61, mizensir.com

THE SHOWPIECE

Can you cope with how divinely beautiful this crystal pillar candle jar from Diptyque is? When paired with the brand's iconic Feu de Bois scent in pillar candle form (£48), it’s nothing short of spectacular; £110, diptyqueparis.co.uk


M I N E ADVERTO R IAL

Admired by British and European royalty alike, and passed from father to son over seven generations, Creed has a rich and diverse history. With a flagship store in London, the luxury fragrance house has returned to its British roots…

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hen King George III commissioned scented gloves from the London-based tailoring house Creed in the 1760s, James Henry Creed suddenly found his untapped talent for fragrance in the limelight. King George’s granddaughter, Queen Victoria, later appointed Creed as her official supplier and royal courts of Europe were quick to follow in a fanatical fashion. Then, under Empress Eugenie’s patronage, the house moved from London to Paris in 1854, where it became famous for its exquisite and rare fragrances. Fast forward to 2016, and the luxury fragrance house is back on British soil under the watchful eye (or should that be nose?), of Creative Director, Olivier Creed. The boutique is located at an aptly grand Mayfair address, nestled among fashion heavyweights Celine, Balenciaga, and Christian Louboutin.

A NEW ERA The decadent brass and marble interior of Creed's flagship store on London's Mount Street

EXPERIENCE CREED Visit 99 Mount Street, London W1K 2TF or creedboutique.com

At the Mount Street store, you can indulge yourself in the UK’s widest selection of Creed fragrances; explore its rich heritage of original hand-blended perfumes created with traditional infusion techniques (abandoned by the current modern perfume industry as too costly), and experience exclusive scents previously only available in other countries. All wrapped up in the kind of service that the royals would expect, in an opulent and fabulously contemporary marble and brass designed space. Here the feeling of true craftsmanship pervades. If you are new to Creed, take our advice and visit the store! The scenting services in the private, ground-floor consultation lounge will demonstrate to you the true passion involved in creating Creed’s haute couture scents – from using the finest and most expensive ingredients (80% are natural; over double compared to most perfume houses), to the brand's secret weapons… Olivier and his son, Erwin. Creed’s father and son duo personally travel the world to select the purest ingredients for their fragrances; roses from Bulgaria, Turkey and Morocco; jasmine and irises from Italy, and tuberoses from India – as well as violets from Parma. Each fragrance is an autobiographical experience of their travels. For example, the crisp, fresh marine notes in Green Irish Tweed, inspired by Olivier’s sailing tour round the Emerald Isle, or the romantic white floral notes of Love In White that the handsome Erwin was captivated by while driving through the South of France. Equally, be inspired by Jasmin Imperatrice Eugenie, based on a formula originally created in the 19th century for the Empress Eugenie of France. Whatever the weather, you’re in for an olfactory treat that will blow your mind, for as Empress Eugenie would tell you, there’s nothing quite like having Creed in your life.

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ROYAL MAN SO U R ,

M A R R A K EC H , M O R O C C O Commissioned by King Mohammed VI of Morocco, the Royal Mansour was originally designed to accommodate friends and family who visited the royal family in Marrakech. A small medina (old town) within the city's own medina, there are no rooms or suites but instead 53 private riads. With gorgeous interiors and 500 'invisible' employees, the few dozen guests who check in are truly given the royal treatment. At the spa, choose the Hamman Signature Treatment, followed by the indulgence of a Moroccan Afternoon Tea with traditional pastries; royalmansour.com

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Having a massage is one thing; finding your inner zen and losing some excess pounds, while also nourishing your body and soul, is quite another. Because the best way to spa is to commit to a wholebody overhaul without skimping on the luxury, says Javier Fusté B O D H I MAYA ,

P R OV E N C E , F R A N C E The road to the picturesque 16th-century Château de Robernier is lined with glorious vineyards of syrah, grenache and cabernet grapes… well, enjoy the view, people, because once you reach your destination, there's no wine for a week! Detox and clean living are the focus here; functional food i.e. sugar free, grain free, dairy free (but not fun free, we promise), takes the place of foie gras – while yoga and meditation replace other more leisurely Mediterranean pursuits. With a maximum of 15 guests to five wellbeing experts, you're guaranteed the time and attention you need to reach your wellness goals. Expect the results to be marked, and permanent; bodhimaya.com

S HA WE LLN E S S CLI N I C , A L I C A N T E , S PA I N On the Mediterranean coast, this medical spa aims to change lives. Macrobiotics is the essence of this paradise of wellbeing where medicine, spirituality and a healthy diet create the perfect balance to feeling young, vital and strong. It provides general and specific experience programmes, one-day programmes and beauty treatments. And the hidden gem of

COMO SHAMBHAL A ESTATE B A L I this temple of peace is the Shamadi restaurant, with its unbeatable views of the bay of Altea. Local produce is crafted into healthy haute cuisine – even the Matcha Tea Cake with orange filling, carrot and oat cream isn't as sinful as it sounds; shawellnessclinic.com

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Just 15 minutes from Ubud, the journey to the hotel takes you through forests and past waterfalls, until you emerge in a location worthy of The Jungle Book. The view of the valley from your infinity pool is the perfect greeting for those wanting to enrol in the Be Active Programme. Guests are encouraged to find the perfect balance between mind, body and soul, thanks to a combination of healthy food with physical activity. Brunch at the hotel's restaurant, Glow, promises fresh juices (try the Stress Reliever), as well as local produce prepared in a delicious, nutritious way; comohotels.com

C A P R I , I TA LY The island of Capri has always been a magnet for the rich and shameless, since the time of the Romans. It is not difficult to imagine Augusto crying out: "I want Capri for me!" Rush has no meaning for the locals, while the smell of the lemon trees and wild carnations evokes that dolce vita lifestyle we all dream about. Where to retreat? At the Capri Palace, where James Duigan’s Bodyism programme helps guests to realise their physical and mental potential. An easier task when the person in charge of the nutritional side of the programme is the two Michelin star chef Andrea Migliaccio. The hotel's Restaurant L’Olivo

"The smell of the lemon trees evokes that dolce vita lifestyle we all dream about"

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serves mouth-watering dishes such as raw red prawns with goose liver, green apple and gin tonic. Just be prepared to work it off the next day… capripalace.com

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N E W YO R K , USA The last place you might expect to find an ancient Romanstyle baths is off a side street in New York – yet the Aire Ancient Baths is just that. A contemporary take on a traditional baths experience, the treatments fuse soaking traditions from the Greek, Roman, Ottoman, and Arab empires into one elegant, high-end water world. Situated in a former 19thcentury textile factory, this subterranean cavern is mostly candle lit (so you might not even recognise your fellow spa-goers, and rumoured fans, Robert de Niro, Bono or Mariah Carey). MINE's recommendation: the Red Wine Experience, which involves soaking in a private antique thermal tub filled with a concentrate of tempranillo grapes, benefiting from their rich antioxidant properties. Word is London is the next city to be conquered by Aire's glorious spa empire. The Romans would be proud; ancientbathsny.com


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If the idea of an al fresco massage appeals, then so will this hotel. Take a treatment in one of the outdoor cabins overlooking the Aegean or chill in the Turkish baths: the combination of heat, exfoliation and massage is utterly rejuvenating. Also on site is the world-renowned Mayo Clinic. Opt for the Healthy Living Programme, a regime that promotes a balanced lifestyle, and brings the clinic’s therapies together with The Spa's signature treatment. When you're all healthied-out, dine at Assaggio overlooking the sea. Truly magical; mandarinoriental.com

"Everything at The Corinthia is designed to exceed visitor expectations"

LO N D O N , U K Among London's traditional five-star hotels, The Corinthia has become the destination for royalty and celebrities looking for something really special. Can we be more specific? Sure. How about the fact that there is a branch of Harrod's in the hotel, or that there is a 7m long piano in the Bassoon bar? And what about the Daniel Galvin salon on site, or the restaurant run by star chef Garry Hollihead? However, the jewel in the crown of this property – and the envy of its European sister hotels – is the ESPA Life at Corinthia, one of the best, if not the best spa in London. In total, the four glamorous floors contain 17 treatment rooms, a fitness centre, private suites, a futuristic pool and a relaxation area. Individually tailored programmes are available, ranging from one day to several months, with a staggering attention to detail. Put simply, everything at The Corinthia is

designed to exceed visitor expectations; espalifeatcorinthia.com

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WA A K I R C H E N , GERMANY Located in the Bavarian Alps, the Lanserhof Tegernsee was designed to create an appropriate environment in which to offer rejuvenating and regeneration programmes. Featuring 21,000 square metres of pale larch wood and glass, the forest merges with interiors that are warmly lit by the sun falling behind the mountains. The medi-clinic follows the FX Mayr method, which brings your digestion closer to its ideal condition, and therefore helps to reduce health problems and prevent illness. FX Mayr traditionally rests on three principles: rest, training and cleansing. The detox diet is not for the faint-hearted: it combines the art of chewing (each mouthful chewed at least 30 times), with raw food, as well as easy-to-digest dinners, like soup and

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C O R N WA L L , U K Situated above golden Mawgan Porth Bay in Cornwall, the sea views from The Scarlet's cliff-top perch make it the ideal destination for those looking to disconnect from their stressful routines. In winter Cornwall gets quieter and the laid-back hotel feels more like a private members’ club. The Scarlet Spa is a spiritual haven; fans of Ayurveda will rejoice in the array of holistic treatments designed to nourish your body and soul. After you've been pampered head to toe (we recommend the 4-hour Scarlet Journey), climb into a ceilinghung pod in the Relaxation Room and swing your cares away; scarlethotel.co.uk

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lightly cooked vegetables and fish, ideally eaten before 6pm. This medi-detox is definitely hardcore but then so are the results; lanserhof.com

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MALIBU, USA The tag line at this California retreat is 'Refocus. Reset. Transform'. And with a combination of detox programmes based on hours of exercise – for example, mountain hiking, low-impact exercise classes, yoga – alongside vegan cuisine, you are guaranteed to leave at the end of your stay looking and feeling fabulous. Skeptics should sign up for the bespoke training programme, for truly pleasing results. After playing hard, the mouth-watering vegan creations will satisfy even the most demanding tastes. We loved the warm spinach and zucchini lasagna prepared with marinara sauce and The Ranch's signature Burrito Bowl; theranchmalibu.com Javier Fusté is an interior designer and editor-inchief of chezfuste.com


Winter glow-getters.

Give your skin a seasonal glow boost with Dr Sebagh’s radiance-restoring ritual. When temperatures drop and skin looks tired and grey, instant radiance is just one deeply replenishing, glow-boosting treatment away. Dr Jean-Louis Sebagh, internationally sought after cosmetic doctor and ‘Ageing-Maintenance’ pioneer, has created this powerfully effective, intensively rejuvenating ritual using four key products from his award-winning skin care range. 1. Begin by preparing the skin with Dr Sebagh Deep Exfoliating Mask, for maximum glow-getting benefits. Loved by beauty insiders, this iconic skin brightener leaves skin supersmooth and instantly illuminated.

2. In the palm of your hand, mix your own, radiance-boosting blend of the cult Serum Repair, a hyaluronic acid-based skin-plumper to deeply hydrate, firm and repair, and the silky-smooth Rose de Vie Serum, rich in antioxidant rosehip oil to repair, protect and leave skin gleaming. 3. Mix a dose of the potent Pure Vitamin C Powder Cream with your serum blend, to create a supercharged, dramatically revitalising treatment with beautifully glowing results. Available in-store and online at drsebagh.com


B O B & E DWA R D

R O P E C H E W T O Y, £ 1 5 . 9 0 , MUNGO & MAUD When Bob and I aren't reading the FT or discussed Nietzsche, we like to tussle over this chic faux bone BAXTER DOG LEASH £280, LOUIS VUITTON A little light bondage never hurt anyone. And we'd do anything for this LV leash

BAXTER COLLAR, £220, LOUIS VUITTON Nothing says 'I love you' like a Vuitton collar

F E LT D O G C A R R I E R , £ 1 5 9 , C L O U D 7 AT A M A R A Why walk when you can be carried? (And there's nothing worse than a scuffed pawdicure)

BEETLE DOG C O A T, £ 1 4 9 . 5 0 , MUNGO & MAUD This quilted number is the cover-up of the season

DOGGY ST YLE (with Bob & Edward)

Meet MINE’s real fashion editors… Bob Salvador and Edward James, the pups who know their Jimmy Chew from their Bark Jacobs. These four-legged fashionistas’ sense of style is keener than a Labrador on the scent of freshly cooked sausages DOG BOWL, £568, VERSACE AT A M A R A Got Pedigree, chum? Oh yes, darling – we'll only eat our dinner from this divine bowl

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orking tirelessly behind the scenes on a luxury lifestyle magazine can take its toll, you know. Oh, you thought we were just ‘accessories’? Cutesy Chihuahuas with nothing in the brains department? In fact, Bob and I are London’s most sartorially savvy dogs, based on the ever-fashionable Chiltern Street. Yes, darling, Chiltern Street – please close your mouth, you’re drooling. We know the coolest places to pee and hottest handbags to hump. (If you’re asking, I’m a Hermès man, while Bob loves a bit of Dior). ANIMAL WASH, £25 FOR So, autumn is upon us, and you have your fashion 500ML, AESOP wish-list sorted. Good for you. But let’s stop for a Dogs have a second and ask, what does your most faithful of heightened sense of furry friends desire? What are his sartorial needs smell; be kind, keep this season? Well, wonder no more. From beds fit yours fragrant with for a King Charles Spaniel to chi-chi chew toys, this luxury shampoo here’s what to buy now…

DOG BED, £308, LORD LOU AT A M A R A You spend one third of your doggy life in bed, so make sure it's stylish

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P O S TCO D E S

W OR D S B Y B O B S A LVA D OR A N D E DWA R D J A M ES , D IC TAT ED T O H U M A N C L AU D IA WAT E R SO N. I L LUST R AT I O N B Y G E O F F WAR I NG . E D I T B Y R O B E RT J AM ES

Lost in the capital? Instead of chasing your tail, use Bob & Edward’s Doggy Guide To London. Simply locate your nearest dog with a human to discover where the woof you are. Fear not. The safety of your Knightsbridge hotel is only a cab ride away…

Wandsworth?

“Tilly!”, “Muffy!”, “Binks!” If you hear this, then Wandsworth woman has either lost her sister on the Common or her Labrador has gone rogue, seeking out an injured bird in the hope of being rewarded with yet more food. A strong nose, big teeth and unkempt (but beautifully coloured) hair are key factors here – and that’s just the dog. When these two aren’t stalking SW18 looking for other be-Barboured chums to go on vigorous walks with, they’re gazing misted-eyed across the water at Chelsea, their true spiritual home.

Belgravia?

If you spot a loved-up couple, paws all over one another, slurping enthusiastically from the same ice-cream cone, then you know you’re in one of London’s swankiest locales and the couple are a gay man with his beloved Bichon Frise. If dogs could wear shoes, this cream puff of a pooch would be rocking a chic Saint Laurent loafer. His impressive shock of white curly hair is only outdone by his human’s scarily on-point sense of style: the Tom Ford pea coat, the Gucci denim, the Garrett Leight sunnies. Ouch! This love affair is the real deal.

Peckham? A bear? In south London?! Oh, our mistake, it’s just Mr Peckham and his completely inappropriate ‘city dog’, the German Shepherd. Despite living in one of south London’s most gentrified areas, Peckham human likes to “keep sh*t real” with his body-guard-turned-family pet. He cycles to work with Buster in tow, because 4x4s are ‘such a middle-class cliche’. What’s that? Yes, he does live in a £2million house. Yes, his girls do attend JAGs. And, yes, he does have his organic veg delivered. What’s your point?

Chiswick? Don’t be deceived, you are not in the countryside; tweed and flat caps are de rigueur in this posh west London suburb – and red chinos are as ubiquitous as the paunchy middleaged men wearing them. W4 humans like their dogs the way they like their cars: high end, high maintenance and high off the ground… like the Range Rover from whence its ginormous head is hanging, the Great Dane is the ultimate suburban status symbol. Who needs windscreen wipers when you have that tongue?

Fulham? Head-turning, pretty and a bit of a show-off, Poodles and their posers, er, owners, can be found peacock-ing up and down the Kings Rd, skinny flat white mocha frappa latte in hand. Wearing a scarf so generous, she can barely peek over the top in her Ray-Ban Gatsbys, Fulham human is perma-tanned (St Moritz and St Tropez – the destinations, darling, not the faux tans), and she is always up for a boozy night out at Embargos. Rah! When you’ve had a long day at the dog parlour, this pair are guaranteed to make you laugh… even if it’s at them and not with them.

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Notting Hill? Sleek, shiny and a terrifying size zero, the Notting Hill human loves to co-ord with her Italian Greyhound. Trying hard not to look too privileged, she dresses casually in denim and cashmere but the delicate diamond Chaumet necklace gives her away. With perfectly sun-kissed hair, she and her sandy-coloured four-legged cohort have a spring in their step (well, you would too if your daddy had just bought you and your work-shy siblings a five-storey Stucco).

"If dogs could wear shoes, this cream puff of a pooch would be rocking a chic Saint Laurent loafer"

Shoreditch? Unlike its ultra-cool, beardy human, the pug is the roly-poly everyman of the dog world. With well developed muscles and a penchant for neckerchiefs (a style adopted from his trendy two-legged pal), pugs are the straightman-friendly armpit-dwelling dog that can make even the coolest hipster stop in the street to coo. Everything this chap does makes you say, ‘aah, classic pug!’ – even his screwed up little face is, like, hilares! (Mind you, with his bottom and nose in such close proximity, that offended expression is totally understandable…)


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Where luxury and modernity meet

WHY WE LOVE IT

Restored antiques and works of art sit perfectly next to stateof-the-art technology; you're a stone's throw from some of London's coolest designer stores and restaurants

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Possibly one of London’s most genteel spots, The Connaught offers guests a chance to experience a quintessentially British way of life. But don't be fooled in to thinking this hotel is stuffy; its charm lies within its added layer of modernity. It’s no secret that Tom Ford is one of its biggest fans. Say no more. Even the most discerning of guests will be impressed here. The Connaught is located on Mount Street, an area that has grown and matured from being a smart Mayfair shopping district of collector's shops and art galleries to one of London’s key luxury shopping destinations. Christian Louboutin, Carolina Herrera, Stephen Webster, Balenciaga, Erdem, Jessica McCormack and recently Creed and Celine all have stores here. In the centre of them all, The Connaught, like the grand dame of the neighbourhood. Famed interior designer Guy Oliver has worked his magic by enhancing original features. Restored antiques in every room blend seamlessly with modern frills such as Japanese toilets and flat-screen TVs above the bath – every creature comfort is catered for. To match the impeccable British character of the hotel is its exemplary service. The staff strike the perfect balance between charm and efficiency – anything you want, they get. Just test them; they’ll never fail! As for children, they’ve got it sussed. Giant balloons on the bed, a thoughtfully curated welcome pack of toys and sweets (but not too many) on their bed, along with a hand-written note illustrated with red London buses and the Queen's Guards. The spa at The Connaught offers the ultimate in luxurious and dedicated treatments. The five treatment rooms have a slick Asianinspired aesthetic within this 500sqm space, including a state-ofthe-art fitness studio and pool. Reflecting the renewing traditions and philosophies found in Asia and the Americas, therapists have a background in meditation and mindfulness that enables them to craft the most unique and tailored treatments for guests. Bliss. When it comes to food and drink, The Connaught comes up trumps: the bar has won international awards for its exquisite cocktail skills, and Hélène Darroze’s two Michelin-starred restaurant serving the finest contemporary French cuisine, is guaranteed to blow your mind; the-connaught.co.uk


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WHY WE LOVE IT

The Fumoir Bar is beyond divine; Lalique panelled walls, velvet seating and those cocktails. The hotel's rich history permeates the atmosphere – staying here is magical

Claridge's

There’s no place quite like it As David Downton, Claridge’s esteemed Artist in Residence famously said, "Claridge’s is Claridge’s, and everywhere else is everywhere else…" And for that very reason, anyone who's anyone wants to stay here. In 1854, Mr and Mrs William Claridge bought the building in the heart of Mayfair. In 1893, new owner Richard d’Oyly Carte (owner of the Savoy) commissioned C.W Stephens to redesign it entirely, and he erected the elegant seven-storey hotel we know and love today. In 1860, Queen Victoria

visited the hotel to see her friend Empress Eugenie of France, and so began the start of its impeccable pedigree of guests. If the walls of Claridge’s could speak, they'd have some pretty amazing stories to tell: from Winston Churchill declaring Suite 212 Yugoslavian territory for a day on the 17th July, 1945, so that the Crown Prince Alexander II could be born on his own country's soil, to Kate Moss’s 30th birthday in the penthouse suite! There is no doubt that its art deco interiors – designed by Oswald Milne in the late 1920s – give the hotel its distinct and luxurious feel. The famous revolving doors into the elegant lobby (which Sarah Jessica Parker recently

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"And there is no such thing as a bad room in Claridge’s"

posted herself swirling around in on Instagram), the vast use of mirrors, the black and white marble floors, the decadent ballroom and plush dining and bar areas are so perfect, they are museum worthy. And there is no such thing as a bad room in Claridge’s. The beautiful 203 individually designed rooms feature bespoke furniture so comfortable that you’ll struggle to leave, and the further 67 suites – created by designers such as Viscount Linley, Guy Oliver, and Diane von Furstenberg – come complete with butlers and a Burberry mac in the closet. When you do manage to break away from your in-room paradise, Claridge’s choice of drink and dining experiences are world famous. Boasting one of the best afternoon teas in London, taken in the fabulous Foyer & Reading Room; the peoplewatching is second to none. For serious dining, Fera at Claridge’s lives up to its well-earned Michelin star, offering a creative take on British cuisine. And then there is The Fumoir Bar – the landmark within the landmark. With original Lalique panelled walls and rich velvet seating, it is a virtual art deco jewellery box. As anyone who has ever set foot inside Claridge's, even for a fleeting moment, will tell you: it holds a certain type of enchantment that will have you transfixed forever; claridges.co.uk


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Ormonde Jayne 12 The Royal Arcade, 28 Old Bond Street, London W1S 4SL The collection is also available in Harrods, Selfridges and Fortnum & Mason. ormondejayne.com


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The Berkeley It just keeps getting better and better

Never one to be outdone, The Berkeley has always moved with the times. A redesign and a new state-of-the-art entrance by world-renowned architects Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners ensures it’s still top dog. Like a competitive headgirl, it has to be the first at everything; introducing air con in the '20s, double glazing in the '30s, and the first roof-top pool in the '70s. Today the new glass canopy entrance sets the tone for a red-hot arrival. Within the hotel’s slick walls, the essence of contemporary chic continues. The foyer and public spaces consistently gleam with cool city types, while John Heah has completely transformed the first floor with his collection of Grand Terrace Suites, which can only be described as ‘uber suites’. We love the Park Suite, with second-to-none views and a balcony overlooking Hyde Park; and the Gallery Suite, which has a rotating art collection! Watch out for the bathrooms, which are just as exiting and large enough for a cocktail party of 20 plus. The Berkeley thrives on treating guests to unexpected personal touches and services. By your bed you’ll find silk sleep masks embodied with your initials or, for regular guests, it’s their pillow case. Fashionistas can try the new complimentary Fashion Trunk Service, whereby a bespoke trunk is delivered to your room complete with luxury vintage accessories from designers such as Dior, Chanel and Hermés, so you can play dress-up. Should you fall in love with an item, fret not. It will be available to purchase at check out. Dining at The Berkeley is an event in itself. The famous Prêt-à-Portea offers fashioninspired bakes and biscuits, and you can even grab a coffee on the go complete with a neon pink handbag-shaped doggy bag full of treats. For a more serious affair, cocktails in The Blue Bar (famously one of Madonna’s favourites), is one of the city's most sort-after hot spots, while Marcus Wareing’s two Michelin-starred restaurant, Marcus, is impossible to resist.

WHY WE LOVE IT

The Grand Terrace Suites –created by John Heah – with views of Hyde Park, as well as the oversized bathrooms that are big enough to party in!

There's even a private chef’s table on offer. And no stay is complete without a trip to the roof-top pool, with its views of leafy Knightsbridge. Alternatively the Hay Barn spa offers the latest in holistic approaches to well-being, using organic Bamford products and bringing the calming essence of the countryside to the city. Because what The Berkeley excels at is allowing you to feel horizontal while simultaneously living it up in style. When you walk through those spinning doors, it all just happens, you’ll see; theberkeley.co.uk

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"The Blue Bar is one of the city's most sort-after hot spots"


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The B ulgari Hotel Italian style, British spirit…

This unapologetically opulent Knightsbridge hotel has cornered the luxury hotel market for pure Italian glamour and style. Just off Brompton Road – behind the heavyweight London landmarks that make Knightsbridge famously fashionable (think Harrods, Harvey Nichols and The V&A) – The Bulgari Hotel emulates all that the iconic Italian jewellery brand is renowned and adored for – enchantment, refinement and, of course, excitement. When it opened in 2012, it was the first luxury hotel to open up in the capital for 40 years. Prepare to be bewitched by the slick Italian design. Featuring marble floors, dark leather, brushed mirror and steel detailing, and sofas in custom-made fabrics (all displayed under moody, low lighting), the hotel has masculine undertones that set it apart from London's other 5-star hotels. Seductive, sexy, intriguing… and oh-so Italian! The 85 bedrooms and suites are some of the biggest in London, featuring more exquisite detailing such as custom-made

pieces of furniture and Bulgari art work. The beds take centre stage; big, white and fluffy as clouds, they are faultless in every way. Equally, the bathrooms will meet your heart's desires, complete with an abundance of the famous Bulgari ‘au The Vert’ products. It’s worth indulging further in the full Bulgari experience. The super cool II Bar is a fashionable mecca with an international feel to it – featuring a huge hammered metal bar, ideal for sitting up at, cocktail in hand as you people watch. Indeed the silverware and metal finishes that permeate the hotel's design (including the two huge solid silver chandeliers in the ballroom), honour the silverware origins of founder Sotirio Bulgari. Rivea, the Alain Ducasse restaurant, offers French and Italian cuisine inspired by the Riviera, and how many hotels can boast a 47-seat in-house cinema, as well as a cigar shop and sampling lounge? Fabulous! The hotel's jewel in the crown is the award-winning 2000sqm spa, spanning two

levels and reflecting Bulgari's rich design ethos, using Vicenza stone and golden cognac tones. It's already known to be the A-listers go-to London spa – with 11 treatment rooms, sauna, steam room, ice fountains, and a 150sqm fitness area. The 25-metre swimming alone leaves you mesmerised by its verdant beauty – it is a pure haven of calm relaxation, escapism at its best. Treatments are executed by some of London’s most elite therapists, offering not only bespoke facials and massages based on ancient Oriental practices but anything from acupuncture to physio worked in. Alternatively, try the Workshop Gymnasium, set up and directed by Lee Mullins, one of the world's best personal trainers, to go a step further and work on metabolism, food intolerance and body composition. Architect Antonio Citterio has left no stone unturned, and designed every inch of the hotel perfectly to leave a little bit of Italian finesse in London… bellissima; bulgarihotels.com

"Prepare to be bewitched by the slick Italian design"

WHY WE LOVE IT

Cool masculine interiors, thanks to dark leather and metal detailing, while the spa has to be one of the capital's hippest. The A-list clientele would agree…

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